Washington Boating Safety Course


Chapter 7 Review—Water Activities and Marine Environment

Before proceeding to the quiz, take a moment to review some of the highlights from Chapter 7.

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)

RIGHTING AND RE-BOARDING A PWC

It is relatively easy to right your PWC if it overturns. Most have a decal attached to the back of the vessel that indicates the proper direction to turn the PWC to the upright position. There is a proper direction to turn it over; damage can be done if you turn the PWC the wrong way.

Re-boarding a PWC, however, can be more challenging. It is especially difficult to re-board a PWC in rough waters.

To re-board a PWC:

Re-boarding a PWC however, can be more challenging. It is especially difficult to re-board a PWC in rough waters.

  • Always approach from the direction marked on the hull.
  • Pull yourself up high enough to kneel on the running board.

THE PURPOSE AND USE OF A LANYARD

A PWC will not start unless the safety lanyard is attached to the start/stop switch. Additionally, the lanyard MUST be attached to your wrist, lifejacket, or person. If you fall off a PWC, the lanyard will be pulled off the start/stop switch and the engine will stop immediately. This will ensure the safety of other boaters or swimmers.

  • Load your boat properly.
  • Keep equipment low and center. This will greatly help with your boats stability.
  • Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys, or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls overboard emergencies, if you aren't careful.

  • Remain seated as much as possible. When you have to move around the boat, keep three points of contact with the vessel to help you and the boat remain stable.
  • Use the buddy system and leave a float plan. Fishing or hunting alone is very risky. At the very least, let a responsible friend or family member know where you plan to fish or hunt and when you expect to return.
  • Be sure to have proper navigation lights. Peak fishing hours tend to be during early morning and early evening. During these times, vision is limited, so be sure to have proper navigation lights in working order and a backup flashlight.