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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

In Washington, these are the operating laws for PWC.

  • PWC may be operated during the hours between sunrise and sunset only.
  • PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. For example, it is illegal to:
    • Weave your PWC recklessly through congested waterway traffic.
    • Jump the wake of another vessel unreasonably close to that vessel or when visibility around the vessel is obstructed.
    • Maneuver a PWC such that you must swerve at the last possible moment in order to avoid a collision.
    • Operate a PWC while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    • Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife, birds, or marine mammals.
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