Rescue Water Craft (Jet-ski) Driver

International Standards for professional lifeguarding as an operator of a Jet Ski

SLSGB Rescue Water Craft (Jet-ski) Driver

To provide a qualification that meets the International Lifesaving Standards for professional lifeguarding as an operator of a Jet Ski that has a sled for rescue operations.


12 months from the date of assessment. An SLSGB RWC proficiency must be completed to maintain validity, on an annual basis.


  • Minimum of 18 years of age on the date of assessment.
  • Hold a valid SLSGB Beach Lifeguard Qualification, or a nationally/internationally recognised ‘Lifeguard’ qualification equivalent.
  • Minimum Guided Learning Hours – 20 hours prior to assessment.



  • Theory: Complete the RWC – Driver -theory Paper (multiple choice, pass mark of 80%). Theory questions concern all aspects of RWC operations and are given on the day of Assessment. Answers to theory papers may be given orally if required.
  • Fitness: Complete the standard fitness test for RWC operations.
  • Dry: Demonstrate knowledge of the following sections.

Section 1 Technical Knowledge

  • Technical information
  • Pre-Operational Duties
  • Post-operational duties

Section 2 General Knowledge

  • Public image
  • Risk vs. benefit
  • Signals
  • Radio
  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
  • Knots
  • Preparing a RWC for transportation
  • Rescue Boat Code


Section 3 General Operations

  • Effective positioning of the RWC for operations
  • Launch and recovery
  • Starting and boarding
  • Driving in surf
  • Beaching the RWC

Section 4 Hazards and Surf Survival

  • The Punching Manoeuvre
  • Impeller Clearance Procedure
  • The Capsize Drill
  • Engine failure in surf and returning a disabled RWC to shore

Section 5 Rescue Techniques

  • A single casualty rescue from a surf zone or unbroken water by a solo driver
  • A single casualty rescue from a surf zone or unbroken water by a dual crew
  • A single casualty rescue near rocks or obstacles by a dual crew requiring a Rescue Tube
  • A mass rescue
  • Mass rescues Requiring Alternative Techniques

Section 6 Casualty Management and Evacuation

  • Casualty lifting techniques
  • Dive incident management and hypothermia
  • Casualty transfer

Section 7 Patrol, Search and Craft Assistance

  • Patrolling and shepherding
  • Combined RWC/IRB operations
  • Search types
  • Windsurfer recovery
  • Kite Surfer recovery


  • Complete the SLSGB RWC driver-training course and in the process accrue 20 hours afloat (including 10 hours in surf greater than one metre high, for ‘Surf Endorsement’).
  • Submit a completed training log for each candidate to the Assessor.
  • Each candidate completes a multiple choice theory paper (pass mark 80%).
  • Each candidate completes Part A: Theory and Dry Testing.
  • Each candidate completes Part B: Rescue Skills and Wet Testing.

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