Rescue Watercraft Operator Training: Rescue Water Craft Operator Training emphasizes using the PWC for ocean safety operations. Students will be exposed to the PWC as an important tool for surface water rescue operations, including search and rescue techniques, multiple PWC operations, and ocean safety management practices for escorting, events, and professional lifeguarding scenarios. Upon successful completion of the course, the students receive a Certificate of Professional Development from WCC. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.
1. Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved course
2. WCC Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education
3. WCC Ocean Safety Educational Course (for High Surf Warning Endorsement)
4. WCC Ocean Safety Technician Training / equivalent (USLA Ocean Safety Trainee/Officer)
5. Participants must be at least 15 years of age.
6. Participants must successfully perform a 500-yard swim, tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes, and complete a beach & ocean skills drill: 100 yard beach run +100 yard ocean swim (not timed)
The student learning outcomes for FIT 8160 are to:
• Describe how the personal watercraft is utilized as rescue equipment by professional emergency response organizations such as lifeguard agencies, fire departments, and private safety companies.
• Display an understanding of the equipment, design, function and basic maintenance of a rescue watercraft.
• Demonstrate the ability to safely and efficiently perform the duties of both a crewperson and an operator when engaged in open ocean rescues using a rescue watercraft.
• Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding of all Coast Guard and HAR rules and regulations in an ocean environment as they pertain to thrill craft and rescue operations.
• Express the importance of recognizing the limitations of the rescuer in an ocean environment.