Riding Rules Bro.2005

Riding Rules Bro.2005
Know…Before You Go!
• Launch ramp etiquette. Be
considerate and efficient when
launching your PWC. Prepare
your craft beforehand, and perform all checks before you get to
the water. Wait your turn in line
and launch quickly and quietly.
• Sound. Be considerate of waterfront property owners and
others near and on the water. Excessive sound
from a poorly maintained or modified
exhaust system disturbs others and is illegal in many
• Environment. Respect ecologically sensitive areas. Don’t
spill fuel or oil and don’t leave litter or other pollutants where
Know your craft and how it operates.
Read all instructional materials and labels
from the manufacturer.
Know your local boating laws.
Know navigational marks and signs.
Know the rules of the road.
If you have any further questions regarding personal watercraft
and their use, contact your local marine patrol or boating club, or
these organizations for more information:
for Personal Watercraft
Personal Watercraft Industry Association (www.pwia.org)
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (www.cgaux.org)
American Watercraft Association (www.awahq.org)
American Red Cross (www.redcross.org)
State Boating Authorities (www.nasbla.org)
U.S. Power Squadrons (www.usps.org)
National Safe Boating Council
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they don’t belong. Be sensitive to marine life; the water is their
• Other water enthusiasts. PWC riders must
share the waterways with other boaters, fisherman, swimmers, surfers and skiers, so respect their
rights to access and use the water.
Remember to ride responsibly!
It’s up to you to use good
judgment and to obey all local
ordinances that apply to you
and your watercraft.
Personal Watercraft Industry Association
444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 645
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-9768 – fax: 202-628-4716
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Welcome Aboard!
PWC Operating Rules
Think Safe – Ride Safe
A personal watercraft (PWC) is a boat, and
you’re the captain. You are legally in command of a powerboat, and you’re bound by
the boating rules of the road as well as the
laws and traditions of responsible boating.
• Wear a personal floatation device
(PFD). All riders must wear a Coast
Guard-approved PFD that is suitable for
PWC use.
• Wear protective clothing. Severe
internal injuries can occur if water
is forced into body cavities as a
result of falling into the water or being near the
jet thrust nozzle. All riders must wear a wet suit
bottom or clothing that provides equivalent protection
(see Owner’s Manual).
Footwear, gloves, and goggles/glasses are recommended.
• Know boating laws. PWC manufacturers recommend a
minimum operator age of 16 years old. Know the operating
age and education requirements for your state. A boating
safety course is recommended and may be required in your
• Attach engine shut-off cord (lanyard) to wrist and keep
it free from the handlebars so that the engine stops if the
operator falls off. After riding, remove cord from PWC to
avoid unauthorized use by children or others.
• Ride within your limits and avoid aggressive maneuvers to reduce the risk of loss of control, ejection, and collision. A PWC is a high performance boat – not a toy. Sharp
turns or jumping wakes or waves can increase the risk of
back/spinal injury (paralysis), facial injuries, and broken
legs, ankles, and other bones. Do not jump wakes or waves.
• Do not apply throttle when anyone is at rear of
PWC—turn the engine off. Water and/or debris exiting jet
thrust nozzle can cause severe injury.
• Keep away from intake grate while engine is on. Items
such as long hair, loose clothing, or PFD straps can become
entangled in moving parts resulting in severe injury or
• Never ride after consuming drugs or alcohol.
• Right of way. Follow basic boating rules. Sailboats (under
sail), large commercial vessels, and fishing vessels always
have the right of way.
Stay to the right when
oncoming craft, so
that it passes on your
left side. When overtaking another boat, pass on the right or left, but stay clear.
If you’re about to cross paths with another boat, the craft on
the right has the right of way. Slow down to let the boat continue its course, then pass behind it. Even when you are sure
you have the right of way, a good safety rule is to never insist
on it. Always ride defensively.
• Wake crossing. If your course takes you across the wake
of another boat, make sure your visibility is not obstructed
by that boat. Stay far enough behind it so that you can see if
other traffic is coming your way.
• Operating speed. Follow local regulations regarding
speed limits, whether posted or not. In congested areas,
lower your speed.
• Passengers and guests. Never carry more than the maximum passenger load specified for your craft. If you loan
your craft to a friend, make sure he or she is of legal age,
knows how to operate your craft, and is fully aware of these
responsible boating rules. You are responsible when you
loan out your PWC.
• Riding position. Passengers should hold on to the person
in front of them or the handhold while keeping both feet on
the deck for balance during operation or they can lose balance and be injured. Never allow a passenger to ride in front
of the operator.
• Maintenance. Check your craft internally and externally
before you get on the water. Make sure the throttle and all
switches are working properly, that fuel and battery lines are
properly connected, that no fuel is leaking, and that cables
and steering are functioning.
Federal regulations require all PWC to be registered and have an
identification number. When your registration application is
approved, you’ll receive your
certificate number, title and
validation sticker (if
applicable in your state).
Follow state and federal guidelines for displaying validation and
registration numbers.
To Avoid Collisions
• Scan constantly for people,
objects, and other watercraft.
Be alert for conditions that
limit your visibility or block
your vision of others.
• Operate defensively at safe speeds and keep a safe distance
away from people, objects, and other watercraft.
■ Do not follow directly behind PWC or other boats.
■ Do not go near others to spray or splash them with water.
■ Avoid sharp turns or other maneuvers that make it hard for
others to avoid you or understand where you are going.
■ Avoid areas with submerged objects or shallow water.
• Take early action to avoid collisions. Remember, boats,
including PWC, do not have brakes.
• Do not release throttle when trying to steer away from
objects—you need throttle to steer. Always check throttle and
steering controls for proper operation before starting PWC.
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