Requirements Specific to PWCs
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their watercraft.
- Each person riding on a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD. Inflatable PFDs are prohibited when riding or towing behind a PWC.
- A PWC must be equipped with a fully operational self-circling device or a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch. The lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or PFD of the operator.
- You may not carry more passengers on a PWC than the PWC was designed to carry by the manufacturer.