Heading out onto the water with your Personal Watercraft (PWC) requires some serious forethought and availability of practical safety equipment. ‘Going it alone’ or bare bones can be a dangerous move, so please read through and gather these essential safety items below. You just might thank us later.
What to wear:
- US Coast Guard approved life vest for every rider which must be worn. Larger boats (not PWC’s) must just have them onboard
- Water shoes to protect your feet
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Depending on weather and water conditions - possibly a wet suit or even a dry suit if conditions dictate.
What to bring:
- Signaling devices – visual and sound. Examples would be a whistle and a small mirror
- Fire extinguisher
- A basic first aid kit
- A small anchor
- A length of mooring line in case of needing to tie off to another machine for a tow, preferably a floating line so if dropped it doesn’t sink
- If the machine is going to be used at night or in low light conditions then Navigation lights would be required
- A dry bag to store important items, such as papers and cell phones
- Ignition safety lanyard must be worn so if you are thrown from the machine the engine is disabled and stops
- Depending on the area where the machine is operated - a compass
- A small paddle or oar
- Depending on the waterway - possibly charts for navigation
Learn more about personal watercraft safety and remember to contact Zach Plackemeier – State Farm® Insurance Agent to make sure your watercraft is properly insured. Ready to get Boat Insurance? Click here to Request a Quote.