PWC – Personal Watercraft Operators Course Theory and Practical for Crew, Charter Guests and Resort
This is a one day theory and practical course designed to cover the requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of a personal watercraft.
This PWC – Personal Watercraft Operators Course includes the theory component, the instruction will emphasise the practical applications of handling a PWC on the water.
Candidates should be 16 years of age or over.
Please Note: If there are local laws in place in specific area of operation of a PWC, those laws will of course supercede IYT’s minimum age requirement.
- 5 Students (max)
Candidates will be required to:
- Understand the concept of jet driven propulsion.
Demonstrate safe handing of personal watercraft and fueling.
- Have a general knowledge of the safety equipment and spares/tools to be carried.
- Demonstrate basic maintenance and safety checks.
- Understand basic PWC operations, load constraints, weight distribution, stability and balance.
- Understand PWC handling, in different types of conditions, weather, other water users, swimmers etc.
- Understand the importance of weather, and the effect on safe operations.
- Be aware of safety precautions such as: Lookouts near swimmers, keeping a proper lookout, speed in anchorages.
- Demonstrate launch and recovery, stowage, Transfer to and from a vessel and dock, coming alongside, beaching and launching from beach and handling with wind and/or current effects.
- Demonstrate the ability to carry out visual checks and aids to monitoring engine condition, be aware of the contents of the tool kit, spare parts and service items.
A knowledge of terms and definitions:
Relative direction, fore/aft, bow/stern, ahead/abeam/astern, port/starboard, windward/leeward
PWC Under Power
Demonstrate and understand basic maneuvering, taking into account the effects of wind, tide and currents, Propeller effect when in gear ahead and astern.
Man Overboard Procedures
Demonstrate proper procedures for man overboard in the event of losing a passenger.
Basic Collision Regulations (Rules of the Road)
Understand the basic rules for Collision avoidance, between sailing vessels, power and salining vessels and power vessels and the need to keep right (starboard) side in channels.
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of buoys, beacons and buoyage systems, lights, shapes and sound signals.