Personal watercraft safety tips
If you’re planning to hit the water on your personal watercraft, you can maximize your fun by following some basic personal watercraft safety tips. Before you ride, know and follow all federal, state and local regulations regarding PWC operation. Read your owner’s manual, and become well acquainted with your craft.
On the water
Follow all navigation rules. Pay attention to conditions in front, to the sides and behind you. Always operate at a safe speed that allows you time to react and avoid a collision.
Falling off a PWC shouldn’t be dangerous if you follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines. If your PWC has one, attach the lanyard engine cutoff switch to your wrist or life jacket. If you fall off, the engine will stop, allowing you to swim back to the PWC and reboard.
Righting an overturned PWC
If your PWC rolls over, right it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, which should be located on a decal at the rear of the vessel. Rolling your PWC the wrong way could allow water into the engine.
Follow the manufacturer’s reboarding instructions. Practice boarding the PWC in deep water, but be aware that operator fatigue, strong winds and a swift current can make reboarding more difficult. If you find reboarding difficult, don’t ride alone.
Towing water-skiers Before towing water-skiers, check with state and local authorities to ensure that towing is permitted. To tow water-skiers, your PWC must be capable of holding three people: the operator, the observer and the skier.
Operating your PWC
Gain valuable skills to help you operate your personal watercraft like a pro so you can focus on having fun.