Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 7: Water Activities & The Marine Environment


PWCs are fast and fun to ride, which can easily add up to an accident. However, with common sense, respect for others and some easy-to-follow guidelines, you’ll be a safe and responsible operator.

PWCs ride low in the water, which makes them harder to spot and easier to lose sight of behind other boats. Be aware of your visibility to others.

Here are some other guidelines to help you prevent being involved in an accident:Safe Distance

  • Keep your distance from other boats to respect their space and to stay out of their blind spots.
  • Also keep a safe distance from other PWCs. Because PWCs can change direction so quickly, you need to leave yourself even more time and space to react to their movements.
  • Before making a turn, look behind you to make sure you aren’t cutting off any other vessel.
  • And be mindful of your wake. A PWC can send a powerful stream of water from the nozzle that can harm, or at the very least, distract or annoy other boaters.
  • Likewise, take care that your spray does not affect other boaters or swimmers, or hit a passenger if he or she slips off of the back.

Have fun out there, but remember to always be respectful of other boaters, swimmers, and property owners so that everyone can have a fun and safe experience on the water.