safety & Patrol jetski (PWC) OPERATOR training

This training is designed to offer additional skills building on the RYA PWC (Jetski) Proficiency Course and is aimed at those using or looking to use jetski's (PWC) in a working environment for safety, prevention and protection, this course is designed for:

  • Fire & Rescue Services (FRS)
  • Volunteer Maritime Services
  • Harbour Patrol
  • Marine Rescue Units
  • Rescue Operators (operating  rescue watercraft - RWC)
  • Those using PWC as Safety Craft


Duration: 2 days

Maximum Participants: x 6

Included: Use of our Yamaha Waverunners (max 2 per PWC), Wetsuit, Impact Buoyancy Aid & Booties


Minimum Pre-Requisites: 

Desirable Certificates:

What's involved?

Our PWC (jetski) instructors have worked within the PWC training industry for up to 20 years so have a wealth of experience to share with you. 

Contact us today to get a break down of a suggested syllabus and / or to let us know your specific requirements. 

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Why are PWC (jetski's) the perfect emergency rescue tool?

  • Safe = With no externally moving parts (unlike an outboard engine & therefore external propeller) these are an incredibly safe tool assuming they are used in the right hands. 
  • Power = due to the size to power ratio the option to tow a craft with multiple persons onboard is possible vs. a small rescue boat that will be power restricted due to its size. In swift water environments the additional power offers the option for the PWC to travel upstream with the helm in a standing position, making it easier to identify obstructions vs. a rescue boat that would likely need to travel downstream with the helm at the stern of the vessel in a seated position making it harder to identify obstructions. 
  • Minimal draft = shallow water search options and access that may not be possible in a larger rescue boat. 
  • Fast access = response speed, particularly in a near drowning situation can literally be the difference between life and death. 
  • Limited Disruption = Due to the size and nature of a PWC, when being used as an event safety craft a person requiring assistance can be quickly retrieved without causing disruption to the event.  
  • Versatile = easy to modify to suit requirements 

PWC (jetski's) are small, agile and powerful offering the option to be used as Rescue Watercraft (RWC) for both patrol, emergency rescue, recovery, search and rescue and to compliment a range of other craft.

  • Fast response craft
  • Provision of safety cover at water front events
  • Rescue craft for marine based events
  • Option to access areas that may be inaccessible to larger rescue boats
  • Safety cover during incident simulation exercises
  • Flood Response - the ability to travel 'upstream' 

When you consider the search and rescue acronym L.A.S.T. a PWC is capable of fulfilling all these phases: 

  • Locate - Faster response and often better visibility from a PWC that a rescue boat
  • Access - Minimal draft & Assess the casualty - a good vantage point from a PWC
  • Stabilise -  the casualty / Search the area - speedy response 
  • Transport the casualty - Size to HP ratio far exceeds rescue boats offering the ability to tow multiple casualties onboard a boat or raft back to safety. PWC combined with a rescue sled allows ease of transportation for single causalities. 


Once you've decided whether or not a PWC is the right tool, it is now the time to consider what (if any) modifications need to be made to ensure it suits the anticipated uses and expected areas of operation. As stand alone, unmodified craft PWC have many uses, but also with a few fairly minor modifications they can become a diverse water rescue response tool.


Common PWC modifications are: 

  • Hull identification, lights & sometimes sirens 
  • Rear boarding step (if it doesn't already have one) 
  • Depth sounder 
  • Rubber keel guards - offering hull protection 
  • Hull protection coating - Spray on liners/hull protectors increasing hull durability 
  • Rescue board / sleds allowing person rescue to become much quicker, simpler and more efficient. 
  • Hood Latches & Seat Straps - important if being used as an RWC (Rescue Water Craft) in a swift water or surf environment 
  • Navigation Lights
  • Intake grate covers - anti-debris intake grate (beaching, shallow and swift water rescue)
  • Bilge Pump (if it doesn't already have one) 
  • Sponsons - extra stability 
  • Ride Plate - if larger loads are expected
  • Quick Drain Kit
  • Bow Eye Tow Loop

suggested rwc rescue equipment:

Bow eye Tow Loop:

Rescue Throw Line in Bag: 


Rescue Tube:


Rescue Sled:


Rapid Deployment Craft

Waterproof VHF

Dry Bag

Safety Lanyard / Killcord & Spare

PWC (jetski) operator personal kit (PPE):

Impact Buoyancy Rescue Vest 

Immersion Protective Clothing: 

  • Drysuit
  • Undersuit

Drysuit Safety Boots: 

  • Quick release
  • Kevlar® protective mid-sole
  • Protective toe cap
  • Instep drainage vents
  • Certified ISO 20345:2011

Rocka Drysuit Safety Boots
Rocka Drysuit Safety Boots

Neoprene Gloves

  • 4mm
  • Kevlar® reinforced palm & fingers
Pro Neo 4mm Karbonflex Gloves
Pro Neo 4mm Karbonflex Gloves


  • Full cut design with side impact protection
  • ABS outer shell 
  • EVA Liner
  • Certified: EN ISO 1385:2012
Nitro XT Water Safety Helmet
Nitro XT Water Safety Helmet

Safety Knife:

Water Rescue Personal Kit Bag

  • 125L
  • 1000D PVC Fabris
  • Roll out changing mat 

Venture Pro Water Rescue Kit Bag
Venture Pro Water Rescue Kit Bag


  • 25mm heavy duty webbing sleeve with internal elastic strap
  • 50mm stainless steel ring
  • Tested EN12402 certification

Elasticated Webbing Cowtail
Elasticated Webbing Cowtail

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Tel: +44 (0) 1202 406066

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Powerboat & Jetski Courses: Port of Poole Marina

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