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  • PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times. It is illegal to:
    • Weave your PWC through waterway traffic or anchored vessels.
    • Steer toward another object or person in the water and turn sharply to spray or attempt to spray them with water.
    • Follow closely behind another vessel or skier.
    • Jump the wake of another vessel, or cross the path of another vessel, more closely than is reasonable and prudent.
    • Cut between a vessel and the person(s) being towed by that vessel.
  • It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise.
  • It is illegal to chase, harass, or disturb marine mammals or birds with your PWC.
As an owner of a PWC, you may be held liable if you knowingly allow anyone else to operate your PWC in such a way that it violates the laws of Virginia.