PWIA Launches 2nd Annual Safe Rider Program

August 2014 News Web Exclusive

The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) announced that it is again promoting the responsible use of personal watercrafts (PWC) by encouraging safety and education. The organization launched its second annual Safe Rider program over Memorial Day weekend to educate users of PWC on safety and asking them to sign a pledge committing to the safe and responsible operation of their vessels. The pledge can be accessed online at

“Our mission is to advocate for a safe and enjoyable experience on any personal watercraft,” said David Dickerson, executive director of PWIA. “Bringing the Safe Rider campaign to PWC users for a second year in a row will help us to continue to reach a larger audience with the message that PWC fun and safety go hand in hand.”

Safe Rider’s pledge form asks that all PWC riders agree to the take the following steps towards safety and fun on the water:

•    Scan the water for hazards and other boats
•    Avoid aggressive maneuvers
•    Follow local boating laws, including rules to prevent the transfer of invasive species
•    Examine your equipment
•    React to conditions
•    Insist on a safe distance from other boats, swimmers and fixed objects
•    Drive sober
•    Evaluate weather and waterways
•    Respect the environment by avoiding fuel spills and operating close to marine life

“Responsible riding isn’t just about personal safety. Our pledge encompasses PWC etiquette for riders of every skill level in multiple locations or scenarios,” Dickerson added. “It includes being considerate of those around you. Being mindful of other vessels in your vicinity and how your rate of speed or wake affects them. And don’t forget about marine life, be sure to respect ecologically sensitive areas. Sign the pledge today, commit to its recommendations and start having fun on the water!”

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