Yacht chartering / Yacht sale / purchase
This is a one day theory and practical course designed to cover the requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of a Personal Watercraft. As well as the theory component, the instruction will emphasize the practical applications of handling a PWC on the water.
Safety & Equipment
Demonstrates correct use of life saving appliances and life saving equipment including: Life Jackets, Flares, Liferaft, First Aid Kit, Fire Extinguishers, Safety Harnesses, VHF Radio
Demonstrates a knowledge of emergency duties in event breakdown, towing another craft, other emergency or man overboard.
Basic use of VHF understands common radio terminology and regulations/licensing requirements
Is familiar with VHF radio equipment and demonstrates correct radio procedures/emergency radio communications
PWC theory and practical: Can differentiate between types and their comparative advantages and disadvantages
Launching and Recovery
Demonstrates safe launch and recovery procedures, understands the dangers of using launch ramps, control of trailer, ramp etiquette and other launching procedures from a larger vessel.
Anchors and anchoring demonstrates a basic knowledge of different types of anchor and their advantages/disadvantages, correct scope for conditions
Nautical terminology demonstrates a knowledge of terms and definitions:
Types of PWC, Parts of a PWC and equipment names
Relative direction, fore/aft, bows/stern, ahead/abeam/astern, port/starboard, windward/leeward
PWC Under power: Demonstrates and understands basic maneuvring, taking into account the effects of wind, tide and currents, Propeller effect when in gear ahead and astern, multi engines, effects of single engine and both engines.
Man Overboard Procedures: Demonstrates proper procedures for man overboard
Towing: Understand the legal requirements of towing. Can demonstrate the correct signals and understands the requirement and the need for an observer when towing.
Ropework: Reef knot, Clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches and figure of eight Demonstrates the safe and proper procedures for handling of and caring for mooring ropes
Buoys, marks and charts and their symbols
Can demonstrate a basic understanding of charts and their importance with regard to riding a PWC Demonstrates a knowledge of and the meaning of buoys and marks
Sources of weather forecasting and basic passage planning Understands the need to obtain weather information and its importance in deciding whether to ride or not.
Basic Collision Regulations (Rules of the Road)
Understands the basic rules for collision avoidance, between sailing vessels, power and sailing vessels and power vessels and the need to keep right (starboard) side in channels
Demonstrates a basic knowledge of buoys, beacons and buoyage systems
Demonstrates a basic knowledge of lights, shapes and sound signals
Understands accident prevention as it relates to PWC
Care and maintenance of the PWC
Demonstrates ability to clean and maintain PWC in good and safe order
Protecting the nnvironment
Understands the impact on the environment and other water users by PWC riders and demonstrates courtesy during operations