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Personal Water Craft




2 days


About the Course

This is a one-day theory and practical course designed to cover the requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of a Personal Watercraft.

As well as the theory component, the instruction will emphasize the practical applications of handling a PWC on the water.

The Syllabus

    - Safety & Equipment
    - Demonstrates correct use of life saving appliances and lifesaving equipment including:
    - Life Jackets, Flares, Life raft, First Aid Kit, Fire Extinguishers, Safety Harnesses, VHF Radio
    - Demonstrates a knowledge of emergency duties in event breakdown, towing another craft, other emergency or man overboard.
    - Basic use of VHF understands common radio terminology and regulations/licensing requirements
    - Is familiar with VHF radio equipment and demonstrates correct radio procedures/emergency radio communications

    PWC theory and practical:

    - Can differentiate between types and their comparative advantages and disadvantages
    - Understands the concepts of jet drive engines,
    - Demonstrates safe handling of PWC and fueling,
    - Has a general knowledge of the safety equipment and spares/tools to be carried
    - Can demonstrate basic maintenance and safety checks
    - Understands basic PWC operations, load constraints, weight distribution, stability, balance
    - Understands PWC handling, in different types of conditions, weather, other water users, swimmers etc,
    - Understands the importance of weather, and the effect on safe operations
    - Safety lookouts near swimmers, keeping a lookout, speed in anchorages.
    - 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.
    - Demonstrates ability to carry out visual checks and aids to monitoring engine condition, is aware of the contents of Tool kit, spare parts and service items
    - Launching and Recovery
    - Demonstrates safe launch and recovery procedures, understands the dangers of using launch ramps, control of trailer, ramp etiquette and other launching procedures from a larger vessel.

    Anchors and anchoring:
    - demonstrates a basic knowledge of different types of anchor and their advantages/disadvantages, correct scope for conditions

    Nautical terminology:
    - demonstrates a knowledge of terms and definitions:

    -Types of PWC, Parts of a PWC and equipment names:
    Relative direction, fore/aft, bows/stern, ahead/abeam/astern, port/starboard, windward/ leeward.

    - PWC Under power
    Demonstrates and understands basic maneuvering, taking into account the effects of wind, tide and currents, Propeller effect when in gear ahead and astern, multi engines, effects of single engine and both engines.

    Man Overboard Procedures:
    - Demonstrates proper procedures for man overboard

    - Understand the legal requirements of towing.

    Can demonstrate the correct signals and understands the requirement and the need for an observer when towing.

    Rope work:
    - Reef knot, Clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches and figure of eight.
    Demonstrates the safe and proper procedures for handling of and caring for mooring ropes

    Buoys, marks and charts and their symbols:
    - Can demonstrate a basic understanding of charts and their importance with regard to riding a PWC
    Demonstrates a knowledge of and the meaning of buoys and marks

    Sources of weather forecasting and basic passage planning:
    - Understands the need to obtain weather information and its importance in deciding whether to ride or not.

    Basic Collision Regulations (Rules of the Road);
    - Understands the basic rules for collision avoidance, between sailing vessels, power and sailing vessels. and power vessels and the need to keep right (starboard) side in channels.
    - Demonstrates a basic knowledge of buoys, beacons and buoyage systems.
    - Demonstrates a basic knowledge of lights, shapes and sound signals.
    - Understands accident prevention as it relates to PWC.
    - Care and maintenance of the PWC.
    - Demonstrates ability to clean and maintain PWC in good and safe order.

    Protecting the environment:
    - Understands the impact on the environment and other water users by PWC riders and demonstrates courtesy during operations.
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