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Three people on PWC

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

  • Everyone on board a PWC must wear a USCG–approved wearable PFD. Wearable PFDs that are inflatable and most wearable Type II PFDs are not recommended for persons riding on PWC. Impact-rated wearable PFDs offer more protection.
  • An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD. It is unlawful to remove or disable an engine cut-off switch that was installed by the PWC manufacturer.
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