The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) has issued the following statement on the importance of safe personal watercraft operation and education:
PWIA, which represents personal watercraft manufacturers, stands by a long history of advocating for mandatory boater education and safe boating practices for those riding the more than 1.29 million jet-propelled watercrafts registered across the nation. PWCs are like all boats and require a certain level of expertise for safe operation. PWIA urges states to adopt laws including minimum operator age of 16, mandatory education, mandatory life jacket wear and other safety practices as outlined in the owner’s manuals and onboard labeling. As with any sport, if safety is not a priority, then accidents can happen.