Solent Boat Training


C7.1 Certification available

Personal Watercraft Proficiency (offered only by land-based Recognised Training Centres (RTCs). This type of certificate must be registered online.

Introduction to Personal Watercraft Safety (offered mostly by superyacht RTCs). This certificate is valid for one year for superyacht crew, six months for regular guests and the duration of the charter for other guests.

C7.2 Minimum course duration

Personal Watercraft Proficiency: one day
Introduction to Personal Watercraft Safety: one hour

C7.3 Award criteria

Continual assessment during course

C7.4 Minimum Instructor qualifications

Activities should be supervised at all times by an RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor. The centre must take into account suitable cover for lunchtimes, sick days and days off for senior staff.

C7.5 Student:instructor ratios

One instructor can be responsible for up to three machines and six students, with no more than two students per machine. For stand-up machines, one instructor can be responsible for up to three machines with one rider on each.

C7.6 Course materials

On successful completion of a course the RTC must issue the student with the appropriate certificate and keep a record the certificate either at the centre or online as appropriate (see section above on Certificates). 
Course Compulsory
Personal Watercraft Proficiency
PWCP or E-PWCP Personal Watercraft Pack (incorporates the certificate and Personal Watercraft Handbook)
Introduction to Personal Watercraft Safety
PWSY Personal Watercraft Safety certificate
Many of the publications and packs above are also available as eBooks. See the Recognised Training Centre Price List for details.

Training aids:

Visual aids appropriate to the courses being offered should be provided along with materials such as handbooks, videos, animations and eBooks. Instructors should also provide their own additional training aids.

C7.7 Equipment

PWs should be equipped as per the Training Vessel . However, PWs accompanied by a safety boat equipped as per the Powerboat Training Vessel Checklist are required only to carry those items in the PW checklist which do not feature on the powerboat checklist.

Consideration should be given to the use of impact vest buoyancy aids, to provide both personal buoyancy and protection of the torso. Wetsuits or neoprene shorts should be available for students on PW courses to provide protection against internal injury from falling off at speed or into an active jet.

See Training Checklist in 'Related documents'.

C7.8 Additional requirements for Introduction to PW Safety Courses

The operating procedures for RYA PW training on board should be incorporated into the vessel’s safety management system.  

Training centres delivering this course will, by the nature of their normal business, move to different locations throughout the year. This means that each time RYA training is delivered a risk assessment of the operating area is required.  

Before training, the instructor in charge of the session should clearly identify the training area to be used. This should be agreed with the centre Principal. Where practically possible, the agreed area should be free from hazards. Any hazards remaining should be clearly identified, recorded and all students made aware of them. The training area should be within sight of the training centre.  

Instructors working afloat should have an effective means of communication with the mother ship.

Holders of the Introduction to Personal Watercraft Safety Certificate must be supervised at all times when afloat. Supervision will be either from a safety boat/tender or from a suitable vantage point overlooking the area of operation. A safety boat or tender should be launched and available during supervised sessions.  

Once training is complete, subsequent supervision may be by crew holding the RYA PW Instructor qualification or by crew who hold at least the RYA Introduction to PW Safety qualification, are trained in the operations of the centre and hold the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate to drive the safety boat.  

Should the PWs leave sight of the mother vessel, they should be accompanied by a safety boat appropriately equipped to communicate effectively.

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