Your safety and enjoyment is our biggest concern. For that reason listed below are some safety guidelines when operating a PWC.
Personal Watercraft Operation and Regulations
A personal watercraft (PWC) is defined as a type of motorboat which is specifically designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling ON the vessel rather than INSIDE the vessel. The term PWC includes jet skis, wet bikes, etc. Any person being towed by a PWC is considered an occupant of the PWC, and is required to wear a life jacket.
Required Safety Equipment for Personal Watercraft (PWC)
All equipment requirements for regular motorboats also apply to PWC. In addition to those requirements:
Each occupant must wear a life jacket. If the PWC is equipped with a cut-off or kill switch, it must be attached to the operator or operator's clothing. Inflatable life jackets are NOT approved for use on PWC.
Operation of Your Personal Watercraft
NOTE: Children under 13 are specifically prohibited fromoperating a PWC unless accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age.
All operational rules for regular motorboats also apply to PWC. In addition to those requirements, it is unlawful for any person to:
operate PWC at night (sunset until sunrise); operate PWC within 50 feet of another PWC, motorboat, vessel, platform, person, object, or shore except at headway speed without creating a swell or wake (Headway speed = Slow, idle speed, or speed only fast enough to maintain steerage); and operate a PWC and jump the wake of another vessel recklessly or unnecessarily close.
It is unlawful for any person to:
**Boater Education courses from other states are acceptable if NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved.
Exceptions: A person is exempt from the mandatory boater education requirement if the person (1) is at least 18 years of age; (2) is accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age who is exempt from the course or who has completed the course; (3) holds a master's, mate's, or operators license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard; or (4) is otherwise exempt by rule of the department.
A person adjudged guilty of one of the following operating violations: (1) any personal watercraft operating violation, (2) reckless or negligent operation, (3) excessive speed, (4) reckless operation and excessive speed, (5) hazardous wake or wash, (6) circular course around fisherman or swimmer, (7) interference with markers or ramps, (8) obstructing passage, (9) operating boats in restricted areas, (10) operating vessels in scuba diving or snorkeling areas, (11) skiing during illegal hours or in a manner that endangers life or property, shall be required to successfully complete an approved boater education course AND pay a fine. Failure to complete the boater education course within 90 days will result in the person committing an offense that is a Parks and Wildlife Class A misdemeanor.
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