Connecticut Safe Boating Study Guide


A PWC generates power by pulling water in through the impeller and pushing it out through the nozzle. The stream of accelerated water that moves through the nozzle also provides the steering ability for the vessel. A PWC will continue on the same course, even if the steering wheel is turned, once the throttle is released. Unlike operating a power-driven vessel, where slowing down or turning off the engine and steering through the obstacle is advised, a PWC can only maintain its steering ability when the throttle is applied. Once you release the throttle, you lose the ability to steer the watercraft. You must apply the throttle and steer away to avoid obstacles.

Note: Newer PWCs are equipped with off-throttle steering capabilities, allowing the operator to have better control of the watercraft.