143035_DBW Course_r3

Chapter 4 X Personal Watercraft

If a fire starts aboard your PWC ƒ Pull the fire extinguisher pin. ƒ Aim the nozzle of the fire extinguisher at the base of the flame. ƒ Squeeze the trigger. ƒ Use a sweeping motion. If you cannot reach the fire extinguisher ƒ Swim a safe distance away from the personal watercraft to prevent injury in case of an explosion. ƒ Signal others to keep away from the PWC.


Answer these questions by circling the letter representing the correct answer. 1. Before casting off on your PWC, you should: a. Check to see if the trailer tires are properly inflated. b. Check to see if the tie downs are tight and properly attached. c. Check that the ECOS lanyard is attached to your wrist or life jacket. d. Check that the fuel cock is in the “off” position.

2. Which of the following is true? a. PWC cannot be operated between sunset and sunrise. b. You cannot operate PWC in deep water channels. c. PWC cannot tow water skiers. d. PWC cannot race.

3. When a PWC operator wishes to cross the path of another vessel approaching from the right, he or she must: a. Slow until the vessel passes, and cross behind it. b. Speed up to cross in front of it so the other vessel has clear passage.

c. Kill the engine and wait for the other vessel to clear the area. d. Signal with four long whistle blasts to alert the other vessel.

Answer these questions by circling T for true or F for false. 4. Registration numbers must be displayed using letters that are at least 3 inches high and that contrast the hull color.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T F

5. It is against the law to operate a PWC equipped with an ECOS lanyard without properly attaching the lanyard. T F

6. If your PWC capsizes, you should right it following the manufacturer’s instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . T F

Turn to page 100 for correct answers.


California Course for Safe Boating

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