Find out About the RYA PWC Instructor Course

Find an RYA PWC Instructor Course Training Center

Due to the fact that charter guests and yacht crew require a PWC license in order to operate a Jet Ski in the Med, the demand for crew with the PWC instructor certification is high. Crew with the instructor license (working on a correctly registered vessel) are able to certify guests with an RYA Introduction to PWC Safety Course, allowing them to use the watercraft during their time on board.

Course Breakdown:


Candidates will learn the skills required to educate, supervise and debrief trainees on the following topics (not limited to).

  • Safety Protectiona nd procedures
  • Launching and recovery
  • Essential safety information
  • Navigational markers
  • Colision prevention regulations
  • Riding and handling at low speed
  • Riding and handling at high speed
  • General maneuvers
  • Decision making
  • Capsize recovery
  • Passage planning
  • Communication

The course generally runs over three days with an assessment by an independent Trainer with moderation on the third day.

*Candidates who are already qualified as an RYA Powerboat Instructor may attend a one-day conversion course, rather than the full three-day course.*

4 Jet Skis alined up during PWC Jet ski instructor training

Advantages of RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor Course:

* Regulation – Every Yacht must have a PW Instructor on board if they are operating commercially in the Mediterranean.
* Competitive Edge – PW Instructor certification is probably one of the most important Industry related qualifications new crew should invest in.
* Safety – As a PW Instructor you will be required to train up and issue PW licenses to crew and guests who want to operate a jet-ski on their own. Alternatively, a crew member or guest MUST be a passenger on a jet-ski driven by an individual with a PW license.


  • 1-day RYA PWC Licence,
  • At least two years experience riding personal watercraft and a
  • valid first-aid certificate to have been taken within the last three years (5 years for STCW Elementary forst aid).

The validity of the certification is 5 years from the date issued, granted that a valid first-aid certificate is maintained.

Find an RYA PWC Instructor Training Center:


South Africa
Cape Town