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How to Prepare for a Jet ski (PWC) Instructor Course

In this article our resident RYA PWC Trainer Ross gives some useful tips on how best to prepare for a RYA Jet ski (PWC) Instructor Course. These tips are applicable whether you are taking your Jet ski Instructor Course at a land based RYA Training Centre, or are Superyacht Crew and have a RYA PWC Trainer running a Course onboard. First of all let’s just clarify what the Pre-requisites are for attending the RYA Jet ski (PWC) Instructor Course: You must have completed the RYA PWC Proficiency Course. Please note especially if working within the Superyacht Industry this is the One Day Proficiency Qualification (the Green Certificate shown below) and not the RYA Intro to PW Safety Course (the Orange Certificate) which you may have completed at some point onboard a Yacht to assist with PW operations if you are working within the SuperYacht Industry. RYA First Aid Qualification. With regards to your First Aid Qualification please check two things: Is it in date? Most First Aid certificates need to be updated every 3 Years to keep you up to speed with any changes in first aid practices, STCW is every 5 Years. Is it a recognised First Aid Qualification by the RYA? For more information on whether your First Aid Qualification is valid please click here We sometimes get enquiries as to whether you can still partake in an RYA Instructor Course prior to completing your First Aid Course? The answer is yes, in this scenario the Trainer would simply wait to see evidence you have completed course before submitting your form to the RYA when successfully completing...

How to winterise a Jet ski

If you are not planning on using your Jet ski over the winter months then it is beneficial to winterise it before you put it away in storage or leave it outside on a versa-dock. Below are the steps to take to winterise a Sea-Doo Jet ski and we have also shown these steps on a video which can be viewed by clicking on the image below : Step 1 : Run your Jet ski with fresh water for 2 – 3 minutes. When the fresh water hose is disconnected the give Jet ski a couple of blips on the throttle to clear any water left in the Exhaust system. Step 2 : Add Fuel Stabilizer. Check bottle and amount of fuel in Jet ski to get the right amount. If storing Jet ski outside, ideally leave Jet ski full of fuel and this will help prevent condensation build up in the tank. Step 3 : Disconnect air intake pipe from throttle body. Method will vary dependent on type of Sea Doo Jetski Step 4 : Start up Jet ski and apply Fogging oil into throttle body. Do this until the Jet ski cuts out or has white smoke coming out the exhaust. Step 5 : Remove Stick Coils and Spark Plugs. Step 6 : Apply fogging oil into Cylinders. Squeeze for 2-3 seconds per cylinder. Step 7 : Re-insert spark plugs and stick coil and reconnect   Step 8 : Once refitted then squeeze the throttle and crank over the jetski a couple of times for a few seconds each time.   Step 9 : Disconnect Battery.  If...

Advice for Jetskiing in the Winter

WINTER JET SKI SESSION   Is it possible to Jet ski in the Winter in the UK? Here is some advice from the Jetski Safaris Team. We also have a video which you can view on our Jetski Safaris You Tube Channel which runs through the below content.     Here at Jetski Safaris we often get asked by customer’s with their own Jet skis whether it is possible to carry on riding through the Winter. The quick answer is yes. Whilst we don’t offer our Jetski Safari experience through the winter months we do carry on with our RYA Personal Watercraft Training Courses all year round.   There are several factors you would need to consider before heading out on the water. We have tried to summarise them below to give you some guidance on having a fun but safe winter jet ski session and included some of our JSS Top Tips.   Things to consider before Heading out :   Weather :   As always the number one thing on top of our list should be checking the weather? Predominantly what’s the wind doing and how is that going to affect my riding area? Is it going to stay the same conditions the whole time I’m out or is it going to pick up and create rougher sea conditions just at the point I start to feel tired?   We always recommend looking across 3 different resources to check they are all giving similar forecasts. We have personally found that the most accurate and useful forecasting apps / webpages are : Windy.com,  windguru.cz, xcweather.com and metoffice.co.uk so...

Tips and advice for looking after your Jet Ski during the season

  With Jet Ski’s being such a big investment for a seasonal piece of sports equipment it is important that you give them attention every time you use them. Regular maintenance should be applied though out the season and not just at the start of end. Here are a few tips to prolong the life of your Jet Ski and Safety Equipment throughout the season.   Checking Fluids This is the most important thing to  do before heading out on your Jet Ski for a session. You should check that you coolant is topped up to its rec ommended level first, the reason we check this first, is the same as a car. Once the engine is warm/ hot you shouldn’t be opening the coolant lid, let alone topping it up with cold coolant! This may cause internal damage to the ski and end up costing you a fortune! Secondly you should check the oil and unlike a car you need to let the ski run before checking the oil. Please see your manufactures recommend time schedule, but it should be similar this this: – let it run for thirty seconds to let the oil run through the engine, then you will need to wait for thirty seconds after the Je t Ski is switched off before checking the level of oil. Also with the oil, make sure you don’t over fill it, as it is a pain to take it back out. Dispute many jet ski engines holding 5+ litres if oil, just 500ml or a drinks bottle can be the difference between level being at the bottom...

Looking to work within the SuperYacht Industry

  There are plenty of myths about working in the yachting industry, some are true and some couldn’t be further from the truth. For the right candidate this industry can be a fantastic career, so here’s a quick article of why it’s becoming so popular.     To start with there are two sectors within the SuperYacht industry: Private yachts which are used exclusively by the owner and their friends/family; and charter yachts – which when the owner isn’t onboard the yacht is available for charter often through one of the larger agencies such as Burgess Yachts.  It is in the owner and management agencies interest to try and keep the charter yachts as booked up as possible. This can mean a much greater work load for the crew, however tips from clients staying on charter yachts are renowned for being very good provided the service is at the high standard they expect. The charter sector of the industry only adds up to around 10-20% of yachts, so actually only a select few manage to make it into this sector.   A large pull to the yachting industry is the salary . With the thought of a good monthly salary plus tips if working on a charter yacht, it’s sure to put a smile on your face. A rough example of this is anything from €2,000pm as a deckhand or stewardess, increasing up to €14,000pm as an experienced Captain.   The lifestyle while working within the super yacht industry can be quite unique, however this all comes at a cost not always highlighted on first glance. You are at...