Proper training is the key to successful PW riding. The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) has been teaching people how to get afloat safely for over a century and a quarter. In that time, their courses and curriculum have traveled around the globe as models of consistency, quality and best practice. The RYA PW competency course is one day of instruction, designed to teach beginners and more experienced riders the essentials of safe, confident water use.
This includes PW control, essential equipment, launching and familiarisation, collision avoidance, orientation at sea, high and low speed handling, emergencies, weather, tides, essential safety information and courtesy to other water users.
Increasingly the RYA PW certificate is required for launching in UK harbours, but is also needed if you want to use your PW abroad. All new PWs are sold with a £50-00 voucher towards the cost of this course and, once passed, you are issued with a certificate of competence. Most courses take place over one day and can be taken either on a centres craft or your own.
If you want to use a PW outside the UK, you are likely to need certificates, often in the form of the International Certificate of Competence. You should also be aware of the local requirements for drivers, craft and licences wherever you go and, if possible, take with you a translation of your RYA PW Competency Certificate.
For more information and to find an RYA school in your area please go to www.rya.org.uk
Teaching the RYA PWC competency course:
If you are a experienced PW rider and you are looking to share your skills with others in or entering the sport then perhaps you are considering becoming an RYA PWC (jetski) instructor; if so please find details of the course below:
RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor
Can teach: RYA PWC competency course
- RYA PWC certificate of competence
- RYA First Aid certificate (or similar)
- 5 years part-time or 1 season full time PWC handling experience
- (Already an RYA Powerboat instructor? – see section below)
- Hold all the pre-requisites? Complete an RYA PWC instructor course at an RYA training centre.
Duration: 3 days
If you already hold the above PWI pre-requisites in addition to an RYA Powerboat instructor certificate then you are applicable to complete a:
PWIC = RYA PWC instructor conversion course
Duration: 1 day
To find out more information or to find a school running an instructor course in your area please visit the RYA website on http://www.rya.org.uk