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Rules to play Personal Watercraft
Rules to play Personal Watercraft
1. Personal water craft
A personal water craft PWC, also called water scooter, is a recreational watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than inside of, as in a boat. PWCs have two style categories. The first and most popular being a sit down, where the rider uses the watercraft mainly sitting down and typically holds two or more people. The second style is a stand up, where the rider uses the watercraft standing up. The stand up styles are built for one rider and is used more for doing tricks, racing, and are used in competitions. Both styles have an inboard engine driving a pump jet that has a screw shaped impeller to create thrust for propulsion and steering.
2. Who Can Operate a PWC
Anyone 14 years of age or older can operate a PWC if they meet one of the following requirements they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course proof of age and safety course completion must be carried during operation they are riding with a person who is at least 18 and is in compliance with the Boating Education Requirement Law G.S. 75A 16.2
It is unlawful for the owner of a PWC to knowingly allow a person younger than 16 to operate a PWC unless they have first completed an approved boating safety education course. It is unlawful for anyone who has temporary or permanent responsibility for a person younger than 16 to knowingly allow that person to operate a PWC unless they have first completed an approved boating safety education course.
3. PWC Operation
  • No one can operate a PWC on state waters between sunset and sunrise.
    All PWC riders, passengers and those being towed must wear approved personal flotation devices.
  • If the PWC is equipped with a lanyard type engine cut off switch, the lanyard must be worn by the operator at all times.
  • A PWC must have a rearview mirror or an observer on board besides the operator to legally tow someone on skis or similar device.
  • PWCs must be operated at all times in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers that endanger people or property constitute reckless operation.
  • No person shall operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this State at greater than no wake speed within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, a dock, pier, swim float, marked swimming area, swimmers, surfers, persons engaged in angling, or any manually operated propelled vessel, unless the personal watercraft is operating in a narrow channel see below.
  • No person shall operate a personal watercraft in a narrow channel see below at greater than no wake speed within 50 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, a dock, pier, swim float, marked swimming area, swimmers, surfers, persons engaged in angling, or any manually operated propelled vessel.
  • No person shall operate a PWC towing another person on water skis or similar device unless the total number of persons operating, observing, and being towed does not exceed the number of passengers identified by the manufacturer as the maximum safe load for the vessel.
  • 4. Reckless Operation Includes
  • Unreasonable or unnecessary weaving through congested boat traffic.
  • Jumping the wake of a vessel within 100 feet of the vessel or when visibility is obstructed.
  • Intentionally approaching a vessel in order to swerve at the last moment.
  • Operating contrary to the rules of the road.
  • Following too closely see below to another vessel, including another personal watercraft.
  • 5. Renting PWCs
  • No one shall rent a PWC to someone under 16 unless that person meets the conditions in the section Who Can Operate a PWC?
  • A minimum of $300,000 insurance must be carried on each PWC that is rented to the public.



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