Love them or hate them, Personal Watercraft are here to stay and becoming more popular by the day. However, nuisance users have had a free reign far too long and now their days are numbered...

Love them or hate them, Personal Watercraft are here to stay and becoming more popular by the day. However, nuisance users have had a free reign far too long and now their days are numbered.

Formed of the mainstream manufacturers, or British distributors of, Kawasaki, Polaris, Seadoo, Yamaha and Bombardier, the PWC Industry Committee have been working closely with the RYA, BMF, Government, local councils and authorities on educating PWC users and reducing accidents.

Launched this time last year, the initiative has been taken around the country as a road show. Alongside the RYA, the industry has worked to introduce a training programme for users, which is now taught by 140 instructors countrywide at 48 RYA recognised schools, many operated by the PWC dealerships. Courses cost around £100, but by way of incentive, the manufacturers offer a £50 voucher with every PWC sold towards the cost of the course if taken within two months of purchase. With every new PWC also comes a free training video as a supplement to the course.

Whilst the sea remains free to all and relatively unrestricted, there will always be the odd pest, but the reception that the initiative has received proves that the vast majority of users are working to alter the perception of personal watercraft.