New personal watercraft video released by RYA and RNLI to encourage safe riding

16 Nov 20

The next instalment in a short series of ‘How to’ videos collaborated on by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been released today (Monday 16 November).

The two organisations have worked in tandem with the Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP) to curate a bite-size checklist of advice and tips for how personal watercraft (PWC) users can safely make the most of their time on the water.

The video, ‘Top 5 ways to enjoy a day out on your PWC’, includes safety tips for PWC users as well as helpful advice on how to enjoy your time afloat whilst also causing minimal disturbance to other water users and marine wildlife. This will be the first release in a duo of PWC centric videos. The second, ‘Top tips for staying safe on your PWC’ will be released next Monday (23 November).


The RYA has also been working with the PWP to improve welcome signage at launch sites. It is hoped the initiative will help to make PWC users feel welcomed and provide some reminders for safe and considerate riding. The graphics are available for free to harbour authorities, and launch sites around the UK. Visit the PWP website for more information and to register your interest.

Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, said: “Riding a personal watercraft is exhilarating and can give a feeling of great freedom, however it is important to remember the responsibility in your hands. We want everyone to enjoy their time on the water and hope that the video will provide some simple reminders for PWC users.”

Rachel Andrews, Chief Instructor of the RYA Personal Watercraft training scheme, added: “PWCs are great fun and one of the most accessible ways to get out on the water, but as we see in the video there’s a lot of preparation that goes into a safe and enjoyable day afloat. If you are a first time user or haven’t ridden a PWC for a while, we’d encourage you to remind yourself of the basics and get trained with the RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency course.”

You can find the ‘Top 5 ways to enjoy a day out on your PWC’ as well as other videos in the series available to watch now on both the RYA and RNLI’s social media pages and websites.

Make sure you keep a lookout for the next instalment in the series, ‘Top tips for staying safe on your PWC’, which will be released on 23 November.

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