Personal Watercraft

Ohio’s Life Jacket Laws

Other than commercial vessels, no person shall operate or permit to be operated any watercraft that is 16 feet or greater in length without carrying one, Type I, II or III wearable PFD for each person...

Life Jacket Laws in Pennsylvania

All boats must have a USCG-approved wearable life jacket on board for each person. Life jackets must be the appropriate size for the person intended. Check the life jacket label to ensure it’s the a...

Pennsylvania’s Boater Education Requirements

Pennsylvania’s Boater Education Requirements Any person born on or after January 1st, 1982, is required to have a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate in order to operate a motorize...

Boating in Rivers, Canals, and Shipping Lanes

River Navigation Operating a pleasure craft or PWC on a river is different than operating on an open waterway. Boating in rivers presents its own unique hazards and conditions. Some rivers may exhibi...

Operating a Personal Watercraft

Handling a Personal Watercraft Operating a personal watercraft (PWC) is a fun, fast way to enjoy recreational boating! However, PWCs are a different type of watercraft and their handling characteristi...

Boat Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations

Your Boat’s Gross Load Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations You must be aware of the federal regulations for your boat’s engine power (horsepower) and gross load capacity (maximum weight). Acco...

How to Fuel a Boat or PWC

Planning Ahead Running out of fuel is the number one cause of boater distress. Make sure that you plan your trip requirements and carry enough fuel to get you there… and back without any trouble. Us...

Safety Equipment Requirements by Boat Type

Boat Safety Equipment Requirements Different sizes and types of boats are required to carry different safety equipment. To understand the necessities for each watercraft, refer to the below charts for...

Horsepower Restrictions for Young Boaters

Before heading out on the water, it’s important to understand the requirements to drive a boat. Horsepower restrictions for young boaters differ slightly depending on the age of the operator and th...