Free PWC videos available
Squadrons and districts can get a free copy of the Personal Watercraft Industry Association’s 2007 PWC renter orientation DVD by visiting www.pwia.org or e-mailing PWIA. These videos can be used during classes, boat shows and other boating safety events.
Updated to reflect modern personal watercraft, the DVD teaches renters, first-time users and others the rules of the waterways and how to safely operate a personal watercraft. According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, 99 percent of personal watercraft operate accident free. PWIA believes that proper education could prevent many of the accidents that do occur.
PWIA advocates for reasonable state guidelines such as mandatory boating safety education for PWC users, a minimum operator age of 16, daylight use only, no-wake zones, and strict enforcement of boating safety and navigation laws. Model legislation and other information on personal watercraft can be viewed at www.pwia.org.
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