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.
Safety & Equipment
VHF Radio Demonstrates
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