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Personal Watercraft Basics

Operation of a personal watercraft does not require the vocabulary of an "old salt". Knowledge of some nautical terms will facilitate your learning the basics about your boat and help you to understand the information in this manual. More boating terms and explanations can be found in the glossary at the back of this manual and in your owner's manual.

It's vital for a PWC operator to possess respect for the environment, other boat operators, and property owners in the area where they are boating. PWCs are regulated by the same laws as other boats. There are additional rules that specifically cover PWCs. It is the PWC operator's responsibility to know and follow these regulations. Understand what other boaters and people on the shore are expecting. The PWC operator is rarely the only one around. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if someone passed by close and at a high speed? It would be pretty jarring. Reckless or inconsiderate use of PWCs has caused considerable ill will. Ride smart, ride safe and ride with respect. Know the PWC's capabilities and limitations as well as your own. Often boaters develop a "false sense of mastery" causing their awareness to lapse. A boat or PWC operator must always be prepared for change. They must maintain a proper lookout. Watching and listening for other watercraft or watercraft signals and reacting to them are a key to an enjoyable and safe boating experience. They must constantly keep a look out for obstacles and dangers at all times. The relationship of your operating speed and distance is a key factor in your safety and the safety of others. Always operate your PWC or boat at a safe speed and safe distance from others at all times. Keep a 360-degree perspective. Don't just focus on what's in front of you.

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