State of Maryland
Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Police
305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 100
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST
Stevensville, MD 21666
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
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.
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.
Play it safe on all
waterways in Maryland
and across Personal
the country! Watercraft
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
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.
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-
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.
Don’t just look forward, continually look to both sides
and behind while riding.