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Personal watercraft (PWC) cause many injuries and deaths each year in Florida. Despite mandatory boating education classes and higher age limits for operating PWCs the deaths and injuries still occur at alarming rates. Most of the PWC accidents involve crashes into other PWCs or boats. Some involve tow accidents and drownings from failure to wear life jackets.

Some ideas for safety on a PWC:

Take a boater safety course specifically related to operating a PWC.

Wear a life jacket.

Slow down.

Know your terrain.

Obey all speed limits.

Don’t drink and drive.

Look out for swimmers and other boats.

Keep a safe distance from boats and refrain from activities like wake jumping.

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