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Personal Watercraft

  • All boating guidelines apply to personal watercraft, including speed limits, collision regulations and right of way
  • Always wear a wetsuit, footwear, gloves and eye protection
  • Personal flotation devices (PFD) or life jackets are required for each person on board
  • A sound-signalling device such as a whistle is also required by law
  • Many watercraft have a lanyard connected to the start/stop switch. If your craft is equipped with such a switch, it won't start unless the lanyard is attached to it. Never start your engine without attaching the lanyard to your PFD or wrist. If you fall off, the engine automatically stops so that your craft won't travel far from you.
  • Personal watercraft are considered vessels. It is an offence for a person to operate a vessel (whether in motion or not) while his or her ability to do so is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or while the concentrations of alcohol in his or her bloodstream is more than 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.