PWC Safety Tips
Always Wear a Life Jacket
While enjoying your time on your PWC, make sure you always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest. Ensure your life jacket fits properly, as concussions and head trauma could happen if you're in a collision while on your PWC, so you'll want to be able to stay afloat in case it happens to you.
Always Be on the Lookout
With the wind and water in your face, especially in high-use, choppy water, it can be hard to see downed skiers, swimmer, and even boats. PWCs are usually a lot smaller than boats, so don't assume they'll be able to see you. Large vessels should always be given priority. It’s important to always be on the lookout and try to stay one step ahead.
NEVER Drink & Drive
Just like when driving a car, you should never operate your PWC during or after consuming alcohol or drugs. This will help keep you and others safe while out on the Lake. Operating a PWC is a lot different than operating a boat. You need to be able to maintain balance and think quickly. Alcohol and drugs could affect your ability to do so.
Understand Your PWC
Almost all PWCs have a stop-engine function, commonly found on a lanyard that'll attach to your wrist. However, not all PWCs stop the same way. Don't assume the watercraft will stop quickly or that you'll be able to turn after the engine is off. Test these functions before you need to use them, so you'll know how to control your PWC in the case of an emergency stop.
Know The Law
Just like with boating laws, PWC laws differ from state to state. In the state of Missouri, if you were born after January 1, 1984, must have a NASBLA boating safety ID to operate a personal watercraft. Persons at least 14 years of age can operate a PWC with an ID and those under 14 must have someone at least 16 years on the craft with them. However, the PWC industry recommends the driver be at least 16 years or older. For more information on Missouri personal watercraft laws, visit:
Your PWC Dealer At The Lake
Operating a PWC is a lot different than operating a boat, and hopefully, with these tips and a safe boating course, you'll be ready to hit the Lake this summer! At the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to make sure you always have a good time no matter the season. While we love our land vehicles, we can't wait for boating season to kick into high gear! Visit the best watercraft dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks and let Surdyke Yamaha help you get ready for the summer.
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