A Course for Safe Boating
Spark plug cables are secure.
Throttle grips are not loose.
Hose connections are tight and not cracked or leaking.
Bilge is drained.
Drain plugs are in place and secure.
Jet pump is not fouled or clogged.
Throttle springs back after being pressed.
Steering mechanism moves easily.
that the lanyard is attached to your left wrist or life jacket.
that the fuel cock is in the “on” position.
the steering and throttle as you ease the personal watercraft away
from the dock.
your surroundings. Watch for swimmers and other boats. Leave
the dock or beach area slowly.
While Under Way
the water depth. Never operate a PWC in shallow water, because the
watercraft may suck materials up from the bottom, into the drive intake
area damaging the pump and creating a hazard. Manufacturers recommend
operating in at least 18 to 24 inches of water that is free of debris and
for other boats, swimmers, and water skiers. Be careful when turn-
ing—look to both sides and aft.
the speed laws, right-of-way, navigation markers and signs.
your noise. Be polite, and limit noise by not boating in one place for
the current or water flow. Avoid strong currents, because they can be
dangerous to riders trying to reach and climb aboard their watercraft.
the waterway. Avoid rocky areas and jetties (barriers built to protect
harbors) because of unexpected currents and a possible collision.
the fuel—conserve to make sure you can get back to shore.
Remember the one-third rule—one-third of a tank out, one-third back in,
and one-third for safety. If you have to switch to the reserve tank, head for
the shore immediately.
the time. Return before dark or before you are too tired.
Keep hands, feet, and hair away
from the pump intake and the jet
pump nozzle while the PWC motor