Refresh your instructor students knowledge on:
Remember, it may have been a very long time since they completed the powerboat instructor course...
The things we'd struggle to teach a PWC course without:
Knowing what the minimum required kit and the importance of these items:
Probably one of the most important parts of delivering this course is teaching powerboat instructors group control and briefing skills. Though Powerboat instructors need to be aware of their surroundings, they do not need to consider these items in the same way as three new elements are now introduced.. PWC student's can't always hear you or see you, you're not in close proximity to the craft controls.
Completed before EVERY session:
Ensure your instructor students check understanding before each session commences by asking questions like:
The instructor candidate needs to understand what it is to do deliver and WHY we teach it.., items like stopping distances can be confusing without knowing the context behind them.
One of the most unique sessions within the RYA schemes 'teaching practical IRPCS' - knowing how exactly to run this session so the idea of it doesn't terrify them (nor their students). It is in fact one of the safest and most controlled sessions in the syllabus (if run correctly). Run through the exact system for delivery and practice afloat (if possible run this session twice with different instructor candidates delivering each time or get each candidate to deliver one aspect of it).
This is another perceivably 'random' session if you didn't understand the context behind it.. if two PWC travelling at the same speed, in the same direction, for the same distance pull their kill cords at exactly the same time, do they stop at the same time? The answer is definitively NO.. there are lots of factors to consider which is why we deliver the session:
Another question; do you always stop more quickly from planing speed or from displacement speed? In addition to the considerations listed above, this will also be dependant on the bow design - stopping the engine at planing speed on a Kawasaki STX will stop you almost immediately as the bow will bury into the water VS on a Seadoo GTX where you will keep drifting along for some time..
If the PWC has iBR or RiDE we must introduce this IN ADDITION to stopping with a kill cord not INSTEAD OF - most PWs on the UK second hand market and those available to rent in holiday resorts do not have 'braking' systems, so even if your school PW the PWCP student must complete this exercise using the kill cord alone too.
Kawasaki STX-12F - nicknamed 'quackers' due to the duck-bill style of their bow.
Seadoo GTX 155 Ltd
Please visit the 'Handy hints for teaching PWC' section of this website here and refer to the RYA PWC Handbook and RYA Power Schemes instructor handbook
Much of the syllabus is identical to powerboat level 2, so focus on how to make it specific to PWs and bring their knowledge up regarding PWC.
It's worth running through the key teaching points of each PWCP session as a instructor student led exercise (ashore) before going afloat as this will mean your instructor candidates can just crack on with practicing the on-water sessions without as much discussion before each session when you go afloat.
|AM (approx 9am - 12pm)||PM (approx 12:30pm - 5:30/6pm)|
|Housekeeping / Intro to the course, RTC requirements||Launching (Student led)|
|Complete Pink record cards & check relevant certificates||
Practical session delivery practice (following EDICTS)
|Course program creation (Student led)||Familiarisation afloat, Transit to operating area|
|Key teaching points - practical sessions (group session)||Stopping Distances, IRPCS, Towing,|
|Briefing skills & Group control (Trainer led)||Planing speed, Slalom Exercise|
|How to run a productive nav session afloat (Trainer Led)||Recovery, Aftercare & Maintenance|
|Intro to the PWC & Personal Equipment (Student led)||5-min dit presentations on PW specific subjects (see below)|
|LUNCH||End of course debriefs|
If time is available then you can afford to cover sessions such as CAS, MOB, Anchoring etc but as these are session within the powerboat level 2 syllabus there has to be some presumption that they will beable to effectively deliver these sessions once they have an understanding of PWC group control & briefing so if time does not allow then you shouldn't need to worry as long as they know that they are in the syllabus and have scheduled them into the PWCP course program. Personally, I opt to put a heavy focus on the sessions that are either done differently because you're on a PWC or that are not in the powerboat syllabus.
Lets assume you have 6 students on your instructor conversion course, the candidate sessions would break down similar to the below, with each instructor student leading two sessions each:
Session duration approx 5 - 10 minutes each:
Session duration approx 15-20mins each:
Any questions or queries on the above, just drop Candi an email, she'd be more than happy to assist