Find out About the Personal Watercraft Proficiency Certificate

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The PWC (personal watercraft) certificate is essential for superyacht crew working in the deck department or as part of the water sports team. It is also recognized as a valid license in the waters of the Mediterranean where it is becoming a strict requirement for guests or crew, operating commercially or recreationally. The course covers everything you need to know about operating a PWC safely including launching, recovery, taking it out to sea, anchoring, man overboard procedures, and returning to port.

The personal watercraft proficiency course teaches candidates the basics of how to operate a PWC watercraft in a safe and proper manner. It is aimed at entry-level yacht crew and is a necessity for those who wish to work in the deck department.

RYA Personal Water Craft (PWC) Course Outline

  • Launching
  • Handling and Recovery Skills
  • Passage Planning and Decision Making
  • High and Low-Speed Riding Skills
  • Essential Safety Information
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Essential Navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Engine Checks
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Anchoring and towing

PWC Certificate:

Students awarded with a PWC license will be permitted to drive PWCs in areas that require them. It is important to adhere to local laws as some may supersede the permissions of the certification. Candidates who show themselves as self-sufficient, capable in good conditions and aware of their craft's limitations will be awarded a Personal Watercraft Proficiency Certificate.