PWC (jetski) instructor - Teaching Theory:

 

Teaching the background Knowledge for the PWC course, please see the links for further information:-


KNOWLEDGE OF: Charts - representation of land, shallows, deep water, hazards, direction & distance

Briefly Cover:

  • Chart Name / Area
  • Year of print (is it current enough?)
  • Colours
  • Depth
  • Scale
  • Symbols (Hazards, Buoyage, Useful Items: Fuel, Slipways, Toilets, Water/Taps for flushing etc)
  • Land Marks

KNOWLEDGE OF: Buoyage

Briefly Cover: 

  • What to avoid ! 
  • Big Buoys = Big Boats!
  • Channels
  • Lateral, Cardinal, Special, Danger & Wreck Marks

KNOWLEDGE OF: Tides & Tidal Streams

Briefly Cover: 

  • Where to find tidal information (EasyTide, Internet)
  • Relevance to us: Slipways / Launching, Anchoring, Depth, Sea Conditions (Wind With & Wind Against Tide), Safety
  • Tidal Streams: 'Show' your students a visual representation (i.e. on a buoy)
  • DO NOT TEACH: 'how tides occur, tidal curves, rule of 12th or tidal diamonds (if they want to learn more recommend the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course

UNDERSTANDS: How to interpret tidal information

Cover: 

  • How to interpret tidal information & add it to Chart Datum to get depth. 
  • Relevance to us: Slipways / Launching, Anchoring, Depth, Sea Conditions (Wind With & Wind Against Tide), Safety

CAN: Follow a planned route, identifying buoys and landmarks

Cover: 

  • Application of a route plan
  • Get your students to take it turns identifying the route to travel and carrying it out. 

 

There is no requirement in the syllabus for your students to 'create' a route plan / passage or pilotage plan so rather than doing this have a 'pre-prepared' one for the operating area. If they want to learn how to do it themselves recommend the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course

CAN: Use a compass to aid navigation

Cover (Afloat): 

  • Use a hand bearing compass to locate a mark / area you intend to travel to following the passage / pilotage plan

Teaching aids:

Boating Books