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Crew & instructor training

Qualifying to teach the 'RYA Introduction to PW safety' course:


Option 1 - Instructor training onboard your Superyacht (at your location):


If you would like to get a group (maximum 6 instructor students per course) trained up to become RYA PWC instructors then you are able to employ an RYA PWC Trainer to come to you (the Trainer will need to seek approval to run the training from the RYA directly and/or a RYA RTC before confirming their atendance). This Trainer can also run an RYA PWC competency course prior to the instructor course if required to meet the instructor course pre-requisites. On the last day of the 3 day instructor course a second trainer must be bought in to 'moderate' the course.


Option 2 - UK training:


If you have a smaller group/single person it may be more cost effective/easier to send them to a UK training centre that offers the RYA PWC instructor course (average course fees are approx £350-450-00pp). If this is more appealing then visit this page for course dates and location in the UK & France. 


The RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor course:


Duration:- 3 days (the last day is 'moderation')

Pre-requisites:- RYA PWC competency certificate, A minimum of 3 years part-time or 1 season full-time PWC handling experience. RYA First Aid certificate (or similar). It is also benefical to have a good amount of navigation and theory knowledge (including IRPCS, Byelaws, Buoyage, Tides, Weather etc)



RYA PWC instructor course content:


Day 1) Practice & observe teaching styles, Communication skills, Course programming & management, Provision of useful course model, Session planning, The use of visual aids.

Day 2) The instructors role, Teaching sessions from the PW syllabus, RYA Scheme, Teaching Pilotage and theory subjects (i.e. weather, tides, navigation, buoyage etc), presentation techniques.

Day 3) Session plan review, Teaching sessions from the PW syllabus (possibly with real students), Individual & Group debriefs.


The 'RYA Introduction to Personal Watercraft safety' course:


Minimum age: 12 Years

Minimum duration: 1 hour

Ability after course: Operate a PW in good conditions under supervision

Taught by: RYA PWC instructor

Instructor to student ratio: 1 instructor can supervise a maximum of 3 PWCs with up to 2 students on each craft. A safety boat or coaching craft may also be used as a teaching platform.



Course content:

  • Introduction to PW layout & controls
  • Propulsion & steering system
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Essential safety information
  • Collision avoidance
  • Practical control low and high speed
  • Re-boarding in deep water
  • Local hazards and regulations
  • Communication with the safety boat


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The full syllabus for this course can be found in the back of the RYA Personal Watercraft handbook (G35) to buy a copy from the RYA shop please click on the link below: