Approach – What angle you should take, considering the wind/tide effects
Manouvere – What speed and other considerations you need to make
Escape – Always have an escape route!
Syllabus states – ‘Can – Approach and recover a man overboard’
Why? Usually to recover your passenger from the water when they have fallen off or perhaps been thrown off!
Fundamentals: Never use a real person to practice this exercise, instead use a weighted fender or MOB dummy. Demonstration as with all aspects of the syllabus, is key. The
approach should be made from a reasonable distance downwind and be VERY slow. Remember to turn off your engine when you are near your MOB and recover the MOB from the rear of the PWC rather than
the side, if this circumstance happened for real you could only practically recover the MOB from the boarding platform. To discuss recovery methods further there are videos available to show your
students in the RYA PWC e-book.