Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 7: Water Activities & The Marine Environment


It’s not unusual for a PWC to turn over. In fact, they are designed to do so, which means they are also relatively easy to turn upright. But there is a right and a wrong way to do it.

Most PWCs come with a decal that will show you the proper direction in which to turn the PWC to the upright position. If there isn’t a decal, you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual, as you can do damage to your PWC if you turn it over the wrong way.

Once you’ve got your PWC turned right-side up, you need to get back onboard. This can be difficult if you are tired or in rough waters, so you’ll want practice this maneuver in calm waters first.

While righting a PWC is a relatively easy task, re-boarding can take practice. Here are some guidelines:

To re-board a PWC:

  • First, approach the PWC from the direction marked on the hull.
  • Next, pull yourself up until you can kneel on the boarding platform.
  • Then slide yourself onto the seat.
  • And lastly, before jetting off again, always attach the lanyard to your lifejacket or wrist.

Re-boarding a PWC