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PWC Renter Orientation Checklist 

Protective Clothing/Equipment for Operators and Passengers

Wear PFD and Other Protective Clothing/Equipment

  • You must wear an appropriate personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
  • Personal Flotation Devices will be provided by HCA
  • Additional protective equipment (such as footwear, eyewear) may be needed.

I Agree

PWC Controls

Keep Lanyard Attached

  • Securely attach engine shut-off cord (lanyard) to your wrist or PFD (as directed) and wear it at all times. Then if you fall off the PWC, the engine will stop.

I Agree

Know How to Start and Stop the Engine

  • To start the engine, be sure that the lanyard is attached and push the start button.
  • To stop the engine, push the stop button. Stopping the engine will not stop the forward motion of the PWC and will result in loss of steering.

I Agree

Know Operational Controls

  • The throttle controls your speed. Apply the throttle lever on the handle to accelerate and release it to slow down.
  • The handlebars move the jet thrust nozzle directing thrust in different directions to steer the PWC. Without thrust you cannot steer the PWC.

I Agree

Avoid Collisions — Most PWC Injuries and Deaths Result from Collisions

Do Not Release Throttle when trying to Steer

  • You need throttle to steer.

I Agree

Take Early Action to Avoid Collisions

  • Remember, PWC’s and other boats do not have brakes.

I Agree

Scan Constantly

  • Scan constantly for people, objects and other boats (including PWCs).
  • Be alert for conditions that limit your visibility or block your vision of others.

I Agree

Operate Defensively

  • Operate at safe speeds.
  • Keep a safe distance away from people, objects and other boats (including PWCs).
  • Do not follow directly behind PWCs or other boats.
  • Do not go near others to spray or splash them with water.
  • Avoid sharp turns and other maneuvers that make it difficult for others to avoid colliding with you or that make it difficult for others to understand where you are going.

I Agree

Other Hazards

Avoid Aggressive Maneuvers

  • This is a high-performance boat—it is not a toy.
  • Ride within your limits and avoid aggressive maneuvers to reduce the risk of loss of control, ejection , and collision.
  • Sharp turns or jumping wakes or waves can increase the risk of back/spinal injury (paralysis), facial injuries, and broken legs, ankles or other bones.
  • Do not jump wakes or waves.

I Agree

Do Not Apply Throttle when Anyone is at the Rear of the PWC

  • Items such as long hair, loose clothing, or PFD straps can become entangled in moving parts resulting in severe injury or drowning.

I Agree

Do Not Apply Throttle when Anyone is at the Rear of the PWC

  • Do not apply the throttle when anyone is standing or swimming toward the rear of th PWC. Water and/or debris exiting jet thrust nozzle can cause serious injury.

I Agree

Know How to Right the PWC in Open Water

  • If you capsize in open water, swim to the rear of the PWC and turn it upright -- be sure to turn it in the proper direction. Then board it from the rear.

I Agree

Other Rules and Safety Information that May Apply to Your Situation

Follow Rental Agency Rules and Boating Laws

  • Review all rental agency rules and applicable boating laws.
  • Do not overload PWC.
  • I Agree

Know the Waters

  • Know the area in which you will be operating and observe all navigational markers and signs.
  • No wake and idle out onto the lake and when in all no wake zones.
  • All riding must be at least 600 feet from shore and outside all buoys.
  • Do not operate in less than 3 feet of water

I Agree

Follow the Additional PWC Warnings and Instructions that May Apply

  • Depending on the circumstances, the Owner’s Manual and product labels may have relevant information not covered in this basic orientation.

I Agree

Final Check

  • Do you understand that you should scan constantly, operate defensively and avoid aggressive maneuvers?
  • Do you understand that PWCs do not have brakes?
  • Do you understand that you should not release the throttle when you are trying to steer away from people, objects, other boats (including PWCs)?
  • Do you have any question about the PWC or its operation?
  • I HAVE INSPECTED THE WATERCRAFT WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF HCA FOR PRIOR DAMAGE AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ADDITIONAL DAMGE DURING MY RENTAL. 

I have been instructed on and understand the rules and information provided in this orientation.

 

I Agree

Today's Date: October 31, 2020

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