Teaching PWC Stopping Distances:

Key Points:

  • Distance is takes to stop a PWC?
  • How to stop a PWC?

Example session:

1) Student rides from Buoy A to Buoy B at displacement speed, on arrival adjacent to buoy B turn engine off/removes kill cord & observe distance PWC takes to stop

2) Student rides from Buoy A to Buoy B at planing speed (approx 15 knots), on arrival adjacent to buoy B turn engine off/removes kill cord & observe distance PWC takes to stop

3) Student rides from Buoy A to Buoy B at planing speed (approx 15 knots), on arrival adjacent to buoy B applys deceleration system (iBR / RiDE) and observes distance PWC takes to stop 

4) Student rides from Buoy A to Buoy B at planing speed (approx 15 knots), uses deceleration system (iBR / RiDE) in order to stop adjacent to Buoy B 


Debrief Points: 

  • What were your students findings? 
  • Why do they think they took X distance to stop? 
  • Points to draw out = effect of speed, weight of PWC, design of PWC hull, wind/tide effects etc