A Course for Safe Boating
Read and understand the owner’s manual. Be familiar with the steering
controls, and the mechanism that controls the PWC if the rider falls off. Read
the warning stickers on the craft.
the regulations that apply to powerboating and to PWC.
out your skills. Be a competent swimmer.
the weather and file a float plan with a friend or family member.
the engine, battery fluids, oil and fuel levels.
the required safety equipment to make sure the:
» Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher is charged and secure.
» Backfire flame arrestor is clean and secure.
» Cutoff switch works.
» Start/stop button works.
» Sound signaling device (such as a whistle or horn)is on board.
» Coast Guard-approved life jackets for every person are on board.
» Visual distress signals for coastal waters (if your boat is 16 feet or longer)
the recommended safety equipment:
Basic First Aid kit
Anchor and a tow line
Phone or VHF radio
Tool kit for simple repairs
your personal equipment:
Wear suitable clothing—wet suit, eye protection with a leash, gloves, booties
or boat shoes.
Make sure life jackets are in good condition and that a whistle is attached to
each life jacket.
the condition of the PWC to make sure the:
Hull is not damaged.
Engine cover latch is secure.
Storage compartment cover is secure.
Engine compartment is vented.
Gas and oil caps are secure.