30 Nov Safety advice for jet skiers from RYA and RNLI
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined forces to produce a new series of ‘How to’ videos with advice and tips on how personal watercraft (PWC) users can enjoy the water safely.
The two organisations have joined forces with the Personal Watercraft Partnership to coproduce two bite-size safety videos containing advice and tips for how personal watercraft (PWC) users can safely make the most of their time on the water.
The RNLI were called out more than 13,000 times to boaters between 2017 to 2019 and the first video ‘Top 5 ways to enjoy a day out on your PWC’ reveals the top five reasons lifeboat crews were called into action along with tips on how to avoid the need to call for help.
The second video is, ‘Top tips for staying safe on your PWC’.
Samantha Hughes, RNLI Water Safety Partner, said: “We want everyone to enjoy their time on the water whilst staying safe. By highlighting the common call outs our volunteer lifeboat crews attend as well giving some top tips, we hope it will get viewers thinking about what they could do to maximise their time out on the water.
“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,” says Rachel Andrews, from the RYA.
“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.”
For further information on personal watercraft safety and RYA training, please visit www.rya.org.uk/go/pwsafety