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PWC Safety 101

A personal watercraft is an extremely fast and unbelievably powerful recreational vessel. They are incredibly fun to operate, but also pose a dangerous risk if operated irresponsibly. Many boaters seek out renting a PWC without taking the proper precautions. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for your PWC adventure!

Wear a Life Jacket at All Times

Passengers, PWC operators, and all persons being towed are required by law to wear a life jacket. Be sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved and fits properly. Check the label to ensure that the life jacket is approved for personal watercraft and to be safe ask your rental livery for tips on how to choose the best life jacket when renting a PWC.

Attach Your Engine Cut-Off Switch

Before heading out on the water, make sure your rental operator shows you how to attach the engine cut-off switch lanyard, how to start the PWC, and how to operate your specific vessel. The Engine Cut-Off Switch will ensure the PWC engine shuts off in case of a fall.

Maintain a Proper Lookout

Keep an eye out for other boaters and keep a safe distance from shoreside structures, other PWCs, swimmers, and towing vessels. It is your job to ride responsibly. Operate your PWC defensively and cautiously by avoiding jumping the wake or making sharp turns as it confuses other boaters potentially causing injury to yourself or passengers. 

Even the most cautious riders can find themselves capsized in the water. If you capsize, swim to the back of the PWC and return it to an upright position, and safely remount. 

Whether you’re a novice or experienced boater, it’s your responsibility to know how to operate a personal watercraft safely! To learn more about PWC Safety 101, watch this video and share it with your friends:

To learn more about how to safely operate a PWC, watch our training series here: