Riding your PWC responsibly

Enjoying your Personal Watercraft & Jet-Ski safely

Riding a Personal Watercraft (PWC) is a great way of getting out on the water. Doing it safely and responsibly makes it much more fun for everyone afloat.

The RYA, RNLI and Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP) are working collaboratively on a new series of videos aimed at helping PWC users to get the most out of their time afloat. 


The RYA has also been working with the PWP to improve welcome signage at launch sites. The graphics are available for free to harbour authorities, and launch sites around the UK. The signs welcome PWC users to the area whilst also providing a reminder for safe and considerate riding.

To order a copy of the new signage or for additional resources, please visit the PWP website.

Riding around wildlife

The Green Blue, the RYA and British Marine’s environmental programme, have also been working with the PWP to encourage PWC users to adopt and follow environmental best practice to help minimise any impact our sport may have on the environment. Together they have developed posters and flyers to raise awareness of how to ride safely around wildlife.

The Green Blue’s top tips include: keeping a distance of 100m when viewing wildlife, avoiding erratic movements and not following wildlife when it chooses to leave.

You can learn more about boating around wildlife by visiting the blue green website.

Get trained

Although training is not compulsory, the RYA’s Personal Watercraft Proficiency course is strongly recommended and will teach you the skills you need to ride a PWC responsibly, safely and with confidence.

The affordable one-day course teaches you how to ride a PWC safely and responsibly. You’ll also cover the basic skills of navigation and rules of the road, which include knowing what buoyage signifies and how to avoid collisions on the water.


PWC beginners and experts alike are well catered for here at Plymouth Marine Centre. We offer all Recreation, Tow Sports, Luxury and Performance jet skis from Sea-Doo, the best in the business.

It’s not just PWC at Plymouth Marine. We are suppliers of the best products from Highfield Boats, Yamaha, Honda, Mercury and much much more. For all enquiries about our range, give us a call on 01752 407070, email our online team at info@plymouthmarinecentre.com or visit our friendly and professional staff in-store at Pomphlett Quay, Billacombe Road Plymouth. Monday to Saturday.

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