Why is Personal Watercraft (PWC) training important?

Why is PWC training important and why might you choose to undertake the RYA PWC proficiency course with Salterns Sea School?

PWC training is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures that riders understand safety protocols, including how to operate a jet ski, navigate waterways and respond to emergencies. Proper operation of a jet ski is fundamental, ensuring riders have the necessary skills to manoeuvre their PWC effectively. This covers turning techniques and how to safely approach other vessels. In addition to technical proficiency, training emphasises crucial safety measures. Riders learn about the importance of wearing life jackets, understanding and adhering to navigational rules and maintaining a safe distance from other water users. Awareness of potential hazards, such as strong currents, is also a key aspect of this training. Training sessions will also cover emergency situations and procedures, such as how to respond to capsizing, engine failure, or assisting fellow riders in distress. Proper training also emphasises environmental awareness of riders, educating them on the impact of their activities on marine ecosystems and wildlife. This helps riding avoid sensitive habitats and minimise the environmental footprint of jet skiing.

The RYA PWC Course at Salterns Sea School covers the following:

  • Personal/safety equipment
  • Weather/ Tides
  • Launching/ recovery
  • Layout of controls/ how a PWC/ Jetski works
  • Slow and planing speed handling
  • Coming along side
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Towing
  • Collision regulations
  • Emergency situations
  • Basic navigation and passage planning
  • Aftercare and Maintenance

For more information on our RYA courses or to book yourself a space, please call 01202 492255 today

The Ocean Club is part of the Salterns Group of Companies that includes Salterns Marina, Chandlery, BrokerageOffshore Performance and Golden Arrow Marine.  Based in Sandbanks, Poole Harbour we’ve been helping boaters enjoy life on the water since the 1960’s.

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