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
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.
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.
MARITIME SCHOOL OF THE WEST INDIES
Well Rd # 85, Unit 26A
Cole Bay (opposite Electec Service Center and next to the Tattoo Parlor)