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In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their watercraft.

  • Each person riding on or being towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD that is suitable for PWC operations. Inflatable PFDs are prohibited when riding on or being towed behind a PWC.
  • A PWC must be equipped with a fully operational self-circling device or a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch. If the engine cut-off switch is used, the lanyard must be attached to the operator or to his or her clothing or PFD.
  • You may not carry more passengers on a PWC than the PWC was designed to carry by the manufacturer.
Virginia PWC Requirements Decal
VDGIF PWC Safety Decal
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