2007 brought a revelation to the Superyacht / Megayacht industry with the advent of the RYA Personal Watercraft Safety Course for Superyachts. The ability for a M/Y to certify their guests, crew and owners after just a one hour course. Historically, these guests would either have been operating illegally or not at all.
Safety has always been paramount but staying current with jetski specific laws and byelaws of each country and area has always been a challenge, this course, therefore, is currently the closest thing to a solution to the issues every Captain faces.
On almost a daily basis Captains tell us how the PWCs (jetskis) onboard are the 'bane of their lives' and that if they had a choice they wouldn't have them at all. But we all know that 'watersports', and in particular PWCs tend to be the clincher when a charter vessel is being chosen, so on that basis this means you have to live with them and whether you like them or not, we still need to take appropriate actions to take care of guests, owners, crew, equipment and to stay legal.
To be able to offer the PWC licence to your owners, guests and crew however, your superyacht must be a recognised RYA training centre, which requires training crew to be RYA PWC instructors, following RYA guidance, implementing certain schemes and documents and having an annual audit.
This is where we come in...