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.