Washington Boating Safety Course


STOPPING ABILITY

Inexperienced drivers must be particularly careful when driving a PWC back to dock or in to shore because PWCs cannot stop quickly. Like other recreational vessels, PWCs have no brakes and have no ability to stop other than by turning around. Give yourself enough time and space to slow down; it takes most PWCs a few hundred feet to come to a stop after being at full throttle.

Slow Down

BRAKING AND REVERSING TECHNOLOGY

Newer PWC models are equipped with a braking and reversing technology, making the craft easier to operate and maneuver. Starting in neutral, the PWC can be shifted into a forward or reverse gear using a lever on the handlebar. The brake lever is squeezed when moving forward to reverse the motor and slow it down, allowing the operator to bring the watercraft to a gradual stop and maintain better control. The same lever is used to put it into reverse.