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Operational Requirements

Legal requirements

As Personal Water Craft are considered to be type "A" motor craft, they must adhere to certain Coast Guard requirements as follows:

  • Your PWC must be equipped with a marine-rated fire extinguisher and emergency signaling devices
  • All PWCs must be registered according to state regulations, and have a registration number displayed. Follow state guidelines for specific regulations.
  • You must adhere to the manufacturer's listed capacity limits for people and equipment. Each PWC has an attached capacity plate that states what you may carry. Additional information may be found in your operating manual.
  • Personal Floatation Devices must be worn by riders. Chose a properly fitting, Coast Guard approved PFD and WEAR IT!
  • You may be required to take a boating education course prior to operating your PWC. Check your local laws.

Other gear you should consider:

  • EYE PROTECTION - water spray can greatly affect your vision. Goggles or wrap around glasses offer the best protection.
  • FOOT PROTECTION - Shoes or sandals will protect your feet and give you added traction.
  • GLOVES - Gloves will allow you to keep a tight grip on wet controls.
  • WET SUITS - In colder water a wet suit will provide extra comfort by keeping you warm. Nettle suits will protect you from stinging nettles in the summer.
  • HELMET - Many PWC accidents include head and neck injuries. Wearing a helmet and a high impact PFD with a neck brace will greatly reduce the effects of a high speed impact.