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    Canadian PWC standard equipment requirements

    I was searching around on the internet today for a list of things required to make your PWC legal on the water and I found this;

    Personal Watercraft (P.W.C.)

    Personal Protective Equipment:

    • One Government of Canada (Department of Transport) approved personal flotation device (PFD) or a life jacket for small vessels of
    appropriate size for each person on board
    • One buoyant heaving line of not less than 15m in length

    Boat Safety Equipment:

    • One manual propelling device (paddle or oars) OR an anchor with not less than 15m of cable, rope or chain in any combination. (This
    equipment is not mandatory if all people on the Personal Watercraft are wearing a Canadian-approved flotation device of
    appropriate size).
    • One bailer or manual water pump fitted with or accompanied by sufficient hose to enable a person using the pump to pump water
    from the bilge of the vessel over the side of the vessel. (This equipment is not mandatory if all people on the Personal Watercraft are
    wearing a Canadian-approved flotation device of appropriate size).
    • One Class 5BC fire extinguisher. (This equipment is not mandatory if all people on the Personal Watercraft are wearing a Canadian approved
    flotation device of appropriate size).

    Distress Equipment:

    • A watertight flashlight or 3 Canadian approved flares of type A,B or C

    Navigation Equipment:

    • A sound signaling device or a sound signaling appliance audible at distances of one-half a marine mile (0.93 km)

    The Canadian Coast Guard and P.W.C. manufacturers strongly advise against operating this type of craft at night.

    Taken from;

    http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/edu...StudyGuide.pdf


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    This might make a good sticky.

    Question; Why are most things on this list not needed if you have a PFD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempest.runner View Post
    ...Question; Why are most things on this list not needed if you have a PFD?
    I suspect the thinking is that if you are wearing a PFD, then you can safely be in the water, so keeping the boat afloat (and staying on it) isn't as important.

    From my own perspective, it should be mandatory to wear the PFD on a PWC, and have the paddle, anchor with rope, and fire extinguisher.

    The fire extinguisher I think is more for helping put out a fire on another PWC or boat, not your own! If my own PWC is on fire while I am on it, I am getting off!

    Wearing the PFD is imperative, I think. It is so easy to get thrown off, and be momentarily winded, or even knocked silly. Drowning in the minute or so after you first hit the water is what the PFD is mostly about.

    Here are a couple of equipment lists and related notes I put together.
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    There is lots of good info on equipment and ride preparation in the High Performance Watercraft Safety forum.

    I also carry a portable marine VHF radio. Not yet happy with the best place to mount it on my ski.

    The model I chose incorporates a GPS and DSC, so I can report my exact position, if the need arises.

    And a mobile phone in waterproof case, with the Coast Guard and local Marine Police/Rescue numbers saved.

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