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  1. I will respect the rights of all users of the recreational waterways, both on public waters and on adjacent private property.

  2. I will be considerate at the launch ramps and docks. I will get on and off the ramps quickly and not delay others.
    I will follow the navigation rules of the road around all other vessels. I will learn and observe my state’s rules on wake jumping.

  3. I will give all fishing, anchored, or drifting vessels plenty of room.

  4. I will always operate at headway speed in "no wake" zones.

  5. When approaching the shore, I will be especially aware of swimmers and other craft near the shore.
  6. I will not disturb wildlife. I will avoid areas posted for the protection of wildlife.
  7. I will not litter the shore side and I will be careful with my fuel.
  8. I realize that my travel speed should be determined by my equipment, ability, weather and wave conditions, and especially other vessel traffic. In case of emergency, I will volunteer assistance.
  9. I will not interfere with or harass others. I realize that people judge all personal watercraft by my actions.
  10. I will pay close attention to the noise my vessel may make and be aware of how others on boats and on shore react to that noise.


We all have a duty to the next generation to protect our bountiful natural resources. Take a moment to learn what the environmental concerns are in your riding area.

If you're interested in observing wildlife while riding, keep an idle speed to reduce wake, noise and turbidity (stirring up the bottom). Know your riding area for the safety of the environment, for your own protection, and for your personal watercraft's protection.