Personal Water Craft Test
Which of the following is an example of safe and responsible PWC operation?
Spraying or attempting to spray other objects or persons with the wash or jet spray of the watercraft
Jumping wakes or waves and using excessive speed only when wearing a life jacket and ensuring no other vessels or objects are in close proximity in the water
Allowing items such as long hair, sand, stones, fishing line, loose clothing, or life jacket straps to remain near the jet drive intake while operating the PWC
Keeping your speed under control and not testing the limits, maintaining watch for conditions that limit your visibility or block your vision of others
Which of the following is considered correct and safe operation of a PWC?
When operating a PWC, maintain a proper lookout and scan constantly with sight and hearing
When operating a PWC, jump every wake and wave you come across
When operating a PWC, be sure to release the throttle and turn off the engine when you are trying to maneuver around an object at a fast speed
When operating a PWC, ensure that all passengers smaller than you ride in the front, between you and the handlebars
Which of the following statements is incorrect as it pertains to your role as a PWC operator?
If you are fueling your vessel, be sure to take every precaution not to spill fuel into the water. If you do, your PWC should have a spill kit included, which should include absorbent pads, socks and booms.
Carefully observe and follow the instructions and safety rules you receive from your rental livery operator.
Make sure you have enough gas for your return back to the rental livery. A good rule of thumb regarding fuel use is one-third out, one-third back in, and one-third in reserve.
You do not need to be concerned about safety equipment for your PWC. If the livery operator did not include it, you don’t need it.
Regarding children and PWC’s, which of the following statements is incorrect?
All children under 13 years of age must wear a life jacket
Although state laws vary, most states have minimum age requirements for PWC operation, so it is important to check with your rental livery regarding minimum age requirements in your state before allowing younger boaters to operate a PWC
Make sure that all riders’ feet reach the foot well floor
Child passengers should always sit in front of the operator while riding a PWC
Which of the following statements is not true about lifejacket wear while operating or riding a PWC?
Speed ratings for life jackets are not important as long as the life jackets are USCG approved
All life jackets should be the proper size for the intended wearer (should fit snugly)
All life jackets should be in good and serviceable condition (including straps and zippers) and properly stowed (if not worn)
All life jackets should be U. S. Coast Guard approved
It’s strongly recommended to wear protective clothing such as a wet suit or a wet suit bottom while operating the PWC for the following reason:
In order to prevent severe internal injuries that can occur if water is forced into body cavities as a result of falling into the water or being near the jet thrust nozzle
Because wet suits are cool
To maintain proper circulation while riding
To reduce the amount of sun exposure on a hot day
Before starting the engine, what action should you take as the PWC operator ?
Check your blind spot
Securely attach the engine shut-off cord, or lanyard, to your wrist or life jacket
Put your sunglasses on
Make sure you have enough water to drink
The throttle on a PWC controls your:
Jet thrust nozzle
PWC Operation is safe and acceptable in which of the following conditions:
During daylight, when visibility is clear and the PWC is operated at safe speeds
Within close proximity to people, objects, and other boats (including PWC’s) at excessive speeds
When the PWC is overloaded
If you capsize in open water, it is recommended to swim to the rear of the PWC to turn it upright. When doing so, the following procedure is recommended:
Turn it upright either to the right or the left, whichever is easiest to maneuver.
Abandon your jet ski and swim for shore
Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Turn it upright according to the decal at the bottom or rear of the vessel, as damage to the PWC can occur if you turn it the wrong way.