Personal Water Craft (PWC) Learning Hub

Welcome to the Personal Water Craft (PWC) Learning Hub.

A Personal Water Craft (PWC) is a vessel with a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, lying down, sitting astride or kneeling, and includes jet powered surfboards. Regardless of the type of PWC, it is important to remember they are just another form of powerboat and are generally subject to similar regulations and laws.

PWCs are fast, powerful and provide an alternative to conventional recreational boating. They are lighter and more manoeuvrable than traditional powerboats with better and quieter engines and improved safety features. The majority of PWC drivers act in a safe and responsible manner but there are some whose actions adversely affect the reputation of all PWC drivers.

Maritime Services maintains an ongoing commitment to provide Boating Safety Officers with high standards of safety consciousness and training in the protection of the environment. Training has been provided in areas identified as high risk to minimise the probability of an accident.

Remember, boating safety is a responsibility we all share on the waterways. The Personal Water Craft course you will undertake equips you with the required knowledge and skills to effectively and safely plan, select, operate and evaluate a personal water craft ride. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use relevant sources, policies and legislation to plan a personal water craft ride
  • Select appropriate equipment and apparel and identify factors affecting equipment selection
  • Perform pre-start checks
  • Demonstrate correct Personal Water Craft (PWC) launching and retrieval procedures
  • Apply appropriate techniques to ride a personal water craft
  • Evaluate a personal water craft ride.

Welcome to the Personal Water Craft (PWC) Learning Hub.

A Personal Water Craft (PWC) is a vessel with a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, lying down, sitting astride or kneeling, and includes jet powered surfboards. Regardless of the type of PWC, it is important to remember they are just another form of powerboat and are generally subject to similar regulations and laws.

PWCs are fast, powerful and provide an alternative to conventional recreational boating. They are lighter and more manoeuvrable than traditional powerboats with better and quieter engines and improved safety features. The majority of PWC drivers act in a safe and responsible manner but there are some whose actions adversely affect the reputation of all PWC drivers.

Maritime Services maintains an ongoing commitment to provide Boating Safety Officers with high standards of safety consciousness and training in the protection of the environment. Training has been provided in areas identified as high risk to minimise the probability of an accident.

Remember, boating safety is a responsibility we all share on the waterways. The Personal Water Craft course you will undertake equips you with the required knowledge and skills to effectively and safely plan, select, operate and evaluate a personal water craft ride. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use relevant sources, policies and legislation to plan a personal water craft ride
  • Select appropriate equipment and apparel and identify factors affecting equipment selection
  • Perform pre-start checks
  • Demonstrate correct Personal Water Craft (PWC) launching and retrieval procedures
  • Apply appropriate techniques to ride a personal water craft
  • Evaluate a personal water craft ride.