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Personal watercraft (PWC) - Boat Safety Equipment

PWC - Personal Watercraft

If everyone on board the PWC is wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) of appropriate size, only the following equipment is required on board:  

  1. A sound-signaling device;
  2. A watertight flashlight or three flares other than smoke signals;
  3. A magnetic compass, if the PWC is navigated outside of seamarks; and
  4. Navigation lights that meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations, if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).

Under all other circumstances, the safety equipment requirements for sail and powered pleasure craft up to 6 m (19'8") must be followed.

What is the minimum age to operate a PWC in Canada?

What exactly must be carried depends on the type and size of boat?