It's the Law


Personal watercraft (PWC) operators must obey laws that apply to other vessels as well as obey additional requirements that apply specifically to the operation of PWC.

Requirements Specific to PWC


Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (PFD).

An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.

PWC may be operated only during the hours between sunrise and sunset.

You must be at least 16 years of age to operate a PWC.