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engine caused by a clogged impeller intake. To clear the
intake, turn off the engine, stand and straddle the seat facing
forward, and try to roll the craft from side to side. This should
release or rinse out any debris or sand from the intake grate. If
that doesn't work, disconnect the engine cut-off lanyard and
dismount the craft safely. Then, reach underneath and remove
any debris from the intake grate. If this procedure doesn't
relieve	the	problem,	go	to	shore.		Have	someone	tow	you	to	
the nearest shore, or restart the PWC and proceed at minimal
speed to avoid damaging the PWC. Don't put the engine in
reverse to clear the debris. It won't work!

back to shore. Don't take chances when you're operating on
reserve, and don't plan on using the reserve tank as the last
1/3	of	a	tank	you	set	aside	in	your	pre-trip	planning	because	
reserves are often much smaller than that.

REMEMBER TO RESET THE RESERVE SWITCH
ONCE YOU'VE FILLED UP AGAIN!

Righting and Reboarding
When you capsize, you need to set your craft upright and
re-mount. The PWC
should have stopped if
you were wearing the
engine cut-off lanyard.
Never attempt to right
the PWC while it is
running. To determine
the correct way to
right your PWC consult
the owner's manual or
look at the transom of
the craft. Some have a
sticker indicating the correct direction that is readable when
the craft is upside down. Proper rotation keeps water from
being forced into the engine. Be careful to keep your fingers
out of the intake grate! You can break fingers if you place
them in the intake grate while turning the craft over.

Flooded Engine Compartment
If you attempt to start the engine and it briefly runs, but then
stops, it is likely there is water in the cylinders of the engine,
especially if you've been capsized for awhile. If this happens,
make no further attempts to start the engine or you can do
serious damage to it. Get a tow to the nearest shore or ramp
and onto your trailer if possible.

Fire
If your PWC catches fire, the safest course of action is to
jump off and swim clear of the machine. If the fire is small
enough	and	your	fire	extinguisher	is	readily	obtainable,	you	
may	try	to	put	the	fire	out.		However,	fighting	a	fire	is	very	
dangerous and it is not worth risking injury or your life for
your machine.

Engine Overheat/Clogged Impeller Intake
If	you	experience	a	sudden	decrease	in	power	while	you're	
operating your PWC, the most likely problem is an overheated

Review Questions
1.

What is the definition of a personal watercraft?________________________________________________________
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2.

What are the requirements for a person to legally operate a PWC? _________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.

What happens when the throttle is released and an operator attempts to steer the PWC? ____________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

4.

What time of day is operation of a PWC restricted? ____________________________________________________

5.

What are the three specifically defined reckless operations on a PWC? ____________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

6.

What piece of equipment must be used if the PWC is so equipped? ______________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

7.

What are the operating restrictions for a PWC near a swim area? _______________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
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