Your essential guide to personal watercraft safety Some don’t get on the water without them’ safety items you need now. Heading out onto the water with your Personal Watercraft (PWC) requires some serious forethought and availability of practical safety equipment. ‘Going it alone’ or bare bones can be a dangerous move, so please read through and gather these essential safety items below. You just might thank us later.What to wear:US Coast Guard approved life vest for every rider which must be worn. Larger boats (not PWC’s) must just have them onboardWater shoes to protect your feetGloves to protect your handsWaterproof sunscreenSunglassesDepending on weather and water conditions - possibly a wet suit or even a dry suit if conditions dictate.What to bring:Signaling devices - visual and sound. Examples would be a whistle and a small mirrorFire extinguisherA basic first aid kitA small anchorA length of mooring line in case of needing to tie off to another machine for a tow, preferably a floating line so if dropped it doesn’t sinkIf the machine is going to be used at night or in low light conditions then Navigation lights would be requiredA dry bag to store important items, such as papers and cell phonesIgnition safety lanyard must be worn so if you are thrown from the machine the engine is disabled and stopsDepending on the area where the machine is operated — a compassA small paddle or oarDepending on the waterway - possibly charts for navigationLearn more about personal watercraft safety and remember to contact your State Farm® Agent to make sure your watercraft is properly insured.