Riding Rules

  1. We are respectful, we watch out for other riders, boaters, fisherman, swimmers, people floating in tubes, kayaks, canoes, etc.

  2. Look over your shoulder before changing direction (head on swivel)

  3. Know your hand signals; keep using until you see others behind you doing the same.

  4. Be aware of others in our group and be courteous.

  5. Stay at a safe distance from other riders. (a minimum of 50ft)

  6. NO splashing others or horseplay – State Laws requires 50ft seperation at speed. The safety of the group depends on it.

  7. Passing is allowed but only at a safe distance and when the water permits.

  8. Be aware of your wake and be aware of its effects on those around you.

  9. Keep an eye on the rider behind you, If the rider behind you is gone and you can no longer see them -- stop and wait. Do not turn around to go back. Wait for leaders to return and take action.

  10. If you cannot stay with the group for any reason, please let someone else know that you will be heading back. This saves time having us search for you.

  11. Maintain a pace that keeps you within sight distance of the group.

  12. Leave nobody behind, offer assistance to those in need.


  1. I will conduct myself respectfully on water, land and social media so that people will judge BAPWA and all personal watercraft users in a positive way.

  2. I will respect the rights of all users of the recreational waterways, both on public waters and on private property.

  3. I will be considerate at the launch ramps and docks, and I will get on and off the ramps quickly and not delay others.

  4. I will follow the navigation rules of the road around all other vessels.

  5. I will give all anchored or drifting vessels plenty of room.

  6. I will always operate at idle/headway speed in "no wake" zones.

  7. When approaching shore, I will be especially aware of swimmers & other craft near shore.

  8. I will not disturb wildlife, and I will avoid areas posted for the protection of wildlife.

  9. I will not litter the shore side, and I will be careful with my fuel.

  10. I realize that my equipment, ability, weather, wave conditions, and especially other vessel traffic should determine my travel speed.

  11. In case of emergency, I will volunteer assistance.

  12. I will not interfere with or harass others.