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					                                                                                                                                               State of Maryland
                                                                                                                                  Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                     Natural Resources Police
                                                                                                                                305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 100
                       PERSONAL WATERCRAFT PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST
                                                              STEERING
                                                                                                                                      Stevensville, MD 21666
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MARYLAND
CHECK THROTTLE CONTROL
 Check operation of throttle lever. Make sure it re-           Check to insure steering is functional. Insure that
 turns to the fully closed position when released.             thrust nozzle moves in response to turning of steering
                                                               handlebars.
SAFETY LANYARD                                                                                                                      For more information
 Check safety stop lanyard to insure engine will shut         CLEAN PUMP & DRAIN BILGE
                                                               Clear jet pump and drive shaft of any foreign                  410-643-8502 Toll Free 1-877-620-8367
 off when lanyard is removed.
                                                               substances.                                                          www.dnr.maryland.gov
FUEL
 Make sure you have sufficient fuel                           CHECK FOR HULL DAMAGE

FUEL PRESSURE                                                 FIRE EXTINGUISHER
 Loosen filler cap to relieve any pressure, then tighten        Make sure the extinguisher is fully charged and
 cap securely.                                                  up to date.                                                                Ride responsibly!
CHECK FOR FUEL LEAKS &                                        CHECK HOSE CONNECTIONS
VENTILATE ENGINE COMPARTMENT                                   Make sure all connections, bolts, nuts, and fasteners            Practice common sense
                                                               are secure and tight.
 Open engine cover for several minutes.
                                                                                                                                     and courtesy!
                                                                                                                                   Play it safe on all
                                                                                                                                waterways in Maryland
                                                                                                                                      and across                                                                                 Personal
                                                                                                                                     the country!                                                                                Watercraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Regulations

                                                                                                                                            Martin O’Malley, Governor
                                                                                                                                             John R. Griffin, Secretary


                                                                                                                        The facilities and services of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all
                                                                                                                        without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or
      PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER                        4/07                                                                    mental disability. This document is available in alternative format upon request.                  Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                                              Pub # 07-762006-139
Superintendent’s Message                                                                                                                                                     Safety Equipment
                                                            Rules and Regulations                                                                                            Required by Maryland Law
                                                            To improve and promote safe and responsible boat-          A
                                                                                                                       	 person may not operate or give permission
Even after more than a decade, personal watercraft are      ing on the state’s waterways, the Natural Resources        to operate a PWC in excess of idle speed on any         LIFEJACKET
still the fastest growing form of boating in Maryland, as   Police enforce the PWC regulations explained in this       waters of the State less than 18 inches in depth.       Each person onboard a PWC must wear a U.S.
well as throughout the United States. Personal water-       brochure. It is important for you to read and                                                                      Coast Guard approved type I, II, III or V life jacket
craft are comparatively inexpensive, easily transported,    understand these regulations before operating a PWC.       PWC cannot operate between the hours of
                                                                                                                       	                                                       and it must be size-specific for the wearer.
and fun to ride. Along with their positive attributes
                                                                                                                       sunset and sunrise.
comes operator responsibility, so know Maryland’s
                                                                Maryland requires the operator of a PWC to
                                                                	                                                                                                              KILL SWITCH LANYARD
boating laws and regulations, know the capabilities of
                                                                be a least 16 years of age. Also, anyone born on       When towing a water skier, you must have a
                                                                                                                       	                                                       A PWC must be equipped with a functioning self-
your personal watercraft and how to operate it safely,
                                                                or after July 1, 1972 must carry a NASBLA ap-          three-person craft with a rear-facing observer          circling device, or a lanyard-type engine cut-off
and know what it takes to be a responsible boater.
                                                                proved certificate of boating safety education.        who is at least twelve years of age.                    switch that must be attached to the operator, the
                                                                                                                                                                               operator’s clothing or the operator’s life jacket.
As Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources
                                                                In
                                                                	 Maryland waters other than the Atlantic              When operating a PWC in Maryland waters of
                                                                                                                       	
Police, I stress education, awareness, and enforcement,
                                                                Ocean, PWC cannot operate at a speed greater           the Atlantic Ocean, you must not operate or             SOUND PRODUCING
in that order. Knowledge and experience are essential
                                                                than 6 knots within 100 feet of other boats,           give permission to operate a PWC within 300             DEVICE
for safety, so please take a few minutes to read and
                                                                piers, pilings, bridge structures, shorelines,         feet of surf fisherman or people in the water or,       A whistle or horn must be carried on board a PWC
understand the information contained in this flier.
                                                                wharves, people in the water or other PWC.             at a speed greater than 6 knots within 100 feet         in order to make the sound signals required by the
Remember to boat safely and keep Maryland waters
                                                                                                                       of vessels, wharves, jetties, shorelines or piers.      rules of the road.
clean.
                                                                You
                                                                	 may not operate a PWC in a negligent
                                                                manner which includes, but is not limited to,          	 individual may not operate or give permis-
                                                                                                                       An                                                      FIRE EXTINGUISHER
                         Colonel George F. Johnson, IV
                                                                the following:                                         sion to operate a PWC registered in the State of        All PWC must have an approved B-I fire extin-
                                       Superintendent
                                                                                                                       Maryland unless a regulation sticker approved by        guisher that is in working order.
                                                                • Jumping or attempting to jump the wake of            the Department of Natural Resources is properly
                                                                   another vessel within 100 feet of that vessel;      attached to the PWC.                                    OTHER MARYLAND REQUIREMENTS
Important Facts About PWC                                       • Riding backwards and/or standing on the seat                                                                 A PWC must be registered with the Department of
                                                                   of the craft while riding;                          Boating under the influence of drugs and/or
                                                                                                                       	                                                       Natural Resources and must appropriately display
Remember the 100 foot rule                                      • Weaving through and recklessly operating in          alcohol impairs judgment, motor skills and              the registration numbers and validation decals.
Most PWC accidents are collisions. Stay at least 100               areas of congestion;                                concentration. It is also a violation of state law.
feet from everything.                                           • Speeding in restricted areas such as marinas,
                                                                   minimum wake zones, environmentally              Deep Creek Lake
PWC have no brakes                                                                                                  PWC and Hover Crafts may not be operated on the
                                                                   sensitive areas; or
Allow long distances for stopping                                                                                   lake between 11 am and 4 pm on the Saturday, Sunday
                                                                • Operating in a manner that endangers the
No Throttle - No Steerage                                          life, limb or property of any person, includ-    and holiday of Memorial Day weekend, as well as the
You must maintain some throttle to maneuver                        ing the operator. (i.e. splashing other PWC      Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from July 1 through
                                                                   or swimmers, buzzing piers and other boat-       Labor Day. Please contact Deep Creek Lake Recreation
Avoid tunnel vision                                                                                                 Area at 310-387-4111 for more information.
                                                                   ers, etc.)
Don’t just look forward, continually look to both sides
and behind while riding.

				
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