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California Boating 

A Course for Safe Boating


Chapter 3


Vessel Operation

Personal Watercraft

Chapter 4


You will learn:

Legal PWC operating


PWC operating guidelines

PWC and personal safety

Navigational rules and aids

Accident prevention and rescue

Other important features of

operating PWC

Personal watercraft (PWCs) go by many names—water bikes, wet bikes, thrill

craft, Jet Skis—and they all mean fun. You see them everywhere these days.

They’re fast, powerful and fairly easy to operate.

But PWCs are also involved in many boating accidents and injuries. Operators

often go too fast, don’t pay attention and don’t have much experience. You’ll

have fun on a PWC when you treat it like a boat—with skill and respect. This

chapter will show you how to prevent accidents, be aware of hazards, and use

courtesy and common sense.