It is extremely important that a PWC encountering another PWC follow the same navigation rules that apply to motorboats or any other power-driven vessel.
Most fatalities involving a PWC result from injuries caused by collisions and not from drowning.
- The operator and passengers ride on top of the PWC instead of down inside it. There are no hulls or other enclosures to provide protection from the impact of a collision.
- Due to the lack of protection, PWC collisions are more likely to be deadly for the operator and any passengers.
Meeting Head-On: Neither vessel is the stand-on vessel. Both vessels should turn to starboard (the right).
Paths That Cross: The vessel on the operator’s port (left) side is the give-way vessel. The vessel on the operator’s starboard (right) side is the stand-on vessel.
Overtaking: The vessel that is overtaking another vessel is the give-way vessel. The vessel being overtaken is the stand-on vessel.