WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
MOTOR VESSEL REnTAL SAfETY CHECKLIST
MANDATORY FOR ALL PERSONS OPERATING A RENTAL MOTOR VESSEL 15HP OR GREATER.
Washington State law (RCW 79A.60.640) requires that the motor vessel safety operating and equipment checklist be
reviewed with all persons renting, chartering or leasing a motor vessel with 15 hp or greater. Washington Administrative
Code (WAC 352-78-090) requires that anyone operating a rental motor vessel must carry their issued copy of this checklist.
Name of Rental Agency__________________________________________________________________________
Vessel Operator Name__________________________________________ Date of Birth______________________
Vessel WN#___________________________________________________ Date of Rental_____________________
Body of Water_____________________________________ Rental Agent_________________________________
Note: Those operating a motor vessel other than a Personal Watercraft (PWC) may skip the PWC Only section. Those operating
a PWC must complete all sections. Local regulations may impose additional requirements for operating a rental motor vessel.
Protective Clothing/Equipment Know Your Boat...Continued
Life jackets Don't Work If You Don't Wear Them Know Operational Controls
Initials • Children 12 and younger must wear their • The throttle controls your speed.
life jacket when aboard any boat that is
Apply the throttle lever to acceler-
under 19' in length and on any PWC. ate and release or pull down to slow down. On PWCs and
other waterjet-powered vessels, you need throttle to steer.
• Others should wear appropriately-sized
life jacket or have one readily accessible • The rental agent should demonstrate proper use of
at all times. gear-shift lever and throttle controls.
• The rental agency must provide a US Coast Guard • The rental agent should demonstrate how to re-fuel
approved type I, II or III life jacket to all motor vessel your motor vessel.
operators and occupants.
Keep Lanyard Attached- Required by state law.
PWC Operators and Riders
ONLY PFD If motor vessel is equipped with a kill switch, securely attach
• Anyone riding a PWC is required to wear engine shut-off cord (lanyard) to your wrist or life jacket (as
Initials directed) and wear it at all times. Then if you fall off the
an appropriately-sized US Coast Guard ap-
proved life jacket at all times. motor vessel, the engine will stop.
Wet Suit Life jacket
• It is recommended you wear a wet suit (or Bottom
wet suit bottom) while operating a PWC.
Additional protective equipment (eyewear or
footwear) may also be needed.
Know Your Boat Avoid Collisions and Other Accidents
Don't Overload Your Boat Take Early Action to Avoid Collisions
Operators The maximum number of persons on this ves- Operators Remember boats do not have brakes.
Initials sel will not exceed ______people. People and Initials
supplies can not exceed ______ pounds. Waterjet-Powered Motor Vessel and PWC
Do not release throttle when trying to
Know How to Operate Safety Devices on Your Vessel steer. You need throttle to Steer.
Operators Know the location of and how to use the
Initials following: whistle or horn; paddles or oars; Boat Safe = Boat Sober!
anchors; bilge pump or bailer; throwable flo- Operators Operating any vessel while under the influ-
tation device, and fire extinguisher. (These Initials ence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and
items may not be on all motor vessels). illegal, punishable by of fine of up to $1,000
and up to one year in jail.
Know How to Start and Stop the Engine
Operators • The rental agent should show you how to safely Operate Defensively
Initials start and stop the engine on your vessel. Operators
• Operate at safe speeds. Watch
• Make sure no person is in the water within
Initials where you are going at all times.
the vicinity of the motor vessel before start- • Keep a safe distance away from
ing and while running the engine. people, objects and other boats (including PWCs).
• Stopping the engine will not immediately stop the forward • Do not follow directly behind a PWC or other vessels.
motion of the vessel.
• Do not go near others to spray or splash them with water.
• On waterjet-powered motor vessel and PWCs, stopping the
engine will not stop the forward motion of the boat and • Approach and depart the dock and shore at slow-no wake,
WILL RESuLT In LOSS Of STEERIng. maximum of 5 mph speed.
MOTOR VESSEL RENTAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
P&R A-446 (REV. 01/2008)
Avoid Collisions and Other Accidents...continued Other Hazards...continued
Scan Constantly Keep Away from Intake grate or Propeller
Initials • You must maintain a lookout at all Initials Items such as long hair, loose
times. clothing, or life jacket straps can
become entangled in moving
• Scan constantly for other vessels, people, or objects parts resulting in severe injury and
in the water. drowning.
• Be alert for conditions that limit your visibility or
block your vision of others (bad weather, narrow PWC
channels, blind corners). ONLY PWC Riders and Operators
Know Appropriate Accident Response Initials If you capsize in open water,
swim to the rear of the PWC and
Operators turn it upright–be sure to turn it in
Initials • If involved in an accident, you must
stop, offer assistance, give your iden- the proper direction. Then, board
tity and check with the rental agency from the rear.
about filling out an accident report
• If your vessel capsizes you should Other Rules and Safety Information
stay with your vessel and signal for help.
• The rental agency should show you the best way to Practice Safe Towing When Waterskiing
re-board the vessel. Operators
Initials • To tow a water skier the vessel (including PWCs)
must be designated to carry the operator, an
ONLY Special Requirements for PWC observer and person being towed.
Age Restrictions: • You must have a desig-
nated observer (a person
• You must be 16 years or older to rent a PWC. other than the driver of
the vessel) to continuous-
ly observe the person(s)
Other Hazards being towed.
• The observer must display a red or orange flag
Operate Responsibly – Avoid Aggressive when the skier is in the water, preparing to ski or
Operators Maneuvers has fallen.
• Operate within your limits • Waterskiing, tubing, etc. is prohibited from one
and avoid aggressive ma- hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
neuvers to reduce the risk
of loss of control, ejection
and collision. Practice Clean Boating
Discarding trash or human
• Do not jump waves or Initials
wakes or make unnecessary sharp turns. waste overboard is damaging to
the environment and is illegal.
• You are responsible for your own wake and any
damage it may cause other boats, docks, wildlife or
Know the Waters
• It is recommended that all vessels travel at a slow- Operators • Know the area in which you will be
Initials operating and observe all naviga-
no wake, maximum 5 mph speed within 200' of a
tional markers and signs.
swimmer, surfer, diving
flag, wading or on-shore • The rental agency should explain lo-
angler, swim float, cal navigation hazards and specific
ramp, pier, marina, local boating regulations.
floating home, boat-
house and all shoreline.
• Be certain someone on shore knows your
destination and plans for returning (date
• Do not chase, harass or disturb wildlife.
YOU MUST CARRY THIS ON BOARD WHEN OPERATING A RENTED MOTOR VESSEL.
PERSONS WHO OPERATE A MOTOR VESSEL WITHOUT COMPLETING THE SAFETY CHECKLIST MAY BE CITED.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MOTOR VESSEL AND ITS OPERATION?
Rental Agency Copy
PLEASE RETAIN FOR YOUR RECORDS
I have been instructed on and understand the rules and information provided in this motor vessel rental safety checklist. I will follow all rental
agency rules and boating laws when operating this motor vessel. Depending on circumstances, the Owner's Manual and product labels on the
motor vessel may have relevant information not covered in this checklist. I will follow additional warnings and other instructions that may apply.
Operator Name_______________________________ Name of Rental Agency_________________________
Operator Signature_____________________________ Initials of Rental Agent__________________________
Gender ___ M ___ F D.O.B.________________ Issue Date______________ Time/Date Due ________
Hair Color/Eye Color __________________________ WN# ________________________________________
MOTOR VESSEL RENTAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
P&R A-446 (REV. 01/2008)