Annual RYA PWC/Jetski centre inspections

How We Can Help

Prior Preparation

  • Download and print off an RYA inspection report form
  • Complete the shaded sections on the inspection report from
  • Review and ensure you comply with the RYA Training centre guidance notes
  • If you have had a change of Captain / Principal please read HERE

You can access the relevant forms via your Yacht training centres RYA website login. 

Inspector's Costs

Recognised Training Centres (RTCs) that are subject to the non-UK recognition fee will, in addition to the annual recognition fee, provide or cover the cost of the inspector's international travel, accommodation and subsistence required for the centre’s inspection.  

Where extensive travel is required, additional payment to cover travel days may be charged by prior agreement. 

Where an area has multiple RTCs, the inspector will make every effort to co-ordinate inspections to enable the costs to be shared between the RTCs concerned. Any RTC that cannot be inspected as part of a co-ordinated visit of multiple centres must cover the cost of their own inspection as above.

A checklist of items your inspector will want to view





  • RYA PWC Proficiency certificate
  • RYA PWC Instructor certificate
  • Tender licence
  • First Aid certificate (if STCW, must have been completed within last 5 years)
  • RYA Membership number
  • Date of birth


  • RYA PWC Safety or Proficiency certificate
  • First Aid certificate (if STCW must have been completed within last 5 years)
  • Tender licence
  • Date of birth
RYA training centre inspection report form
RYA Inspection Report Form
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Relevant Sections Of RYA Guidance Notes

You can access the current RYA Recognition Guidance Notes via your Yacht training centres RYA website login. 

  • Pages 3 - 25: General requirements for recognition
  • Pages 45, 82-84: Specific PWC requirements
  • Page 41 & 43: Sample health declaration
  • Page 39-40: Dealing with a major accident
  • RYA Training centre checklist - Powerboats (see below)
  • RYA Training centre checklist - PWC (see below)
RYA training centre recognition guidance notes

Tender Equipment Checklist
Training_checklist_power copy.pdf
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PWC Equipment Checklist
Training_checklist_PW copy.pdf
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Top Tip

Check your Tender and PWC killcords have a thread core (rather than being entirely plastic), this is one of the items your inspector may check whilst onboard. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do I have to be inspected? 

A. Every year you wish to hold RYA recognition you are required to have an inspection. This can be any time during the year (jan-dec) but it makes sense to have your inspection carried out in the first half of the year (prior to your season) to ensure you are fully up to date and compliant. 


Q.Where can I have my inspection completed? 

A. Within reason, anywhere. However, as you are liable for the flight costs/travel etc for your inspector, it makes most sense to have your inspection completed in Europe. 95% of RYA Inspectors are based in the UK so it is likely you will be flying them from this destination. 


Q. How long will the inspection take? 

A. Assuming you are prepared and have everything in place your inspection should take approximately 2 - 3 hours. 


Q. Do I need to pay for the inspection? 

A. No, the inspection fee is part of your annual recognition fee. However, you are liable for your inspectors travel costs and if they need to fly out the day before then their accommodation too. 


Q. Who is my RYA Inspector?

A. A different inspector will be allocated to you each year by the RYA. You do not have the option to 'choose' who inspects you. 


Q. Do I need to launch my PWC (jetski/s) / Tender/s? 

A. There should be no need to launch your craft, as long as they accessible to view by your inspector and they have the option to request you start the engine to demonstrate the use of the kill cord then this should be more than adequate.