RWCA - 2018 OCCUPATIONAL STANDARD - RESCUE WATER CRAFT MODELS
The chart provided in the document link below lists Personal Water Craft (PWC), which are referred to as Rescue Water Craft (RWC) in the occupational community. The chart presents recognized models approved for use for public safety agency needs for the year of 2018 by the Rescue Water Craft Association. The 2018 standard was reviewed under committee peer review.
The information provided in this document does not include the needs of law enforcement pursuit for operations in calm waters, whereas a supercharged unit may be encouraged. For the purpose of lifesaving, however, as Marine Unit a natural or normally aspirated engine is approved for use with a total weight load capacity for up to 3 persons on board (P.O.B.) This does not include the use of a Towable Accessory Device (TAD) such as a ‘Rescue Board’.
RWC USE & STANDARDS OF CARE
This standard is based off industry knowledge of vessel stability, weight load capacity, towing, vessel weight, features and functions and the modernization of the best practices for lifesaving and patrol. The selection of RWCs is designed to recommend the standards of occupational use to assist agencies in liability issues that can occur from mishaps. Rescue Water Craft are largely recreational vessels less than 16 feet in length powered by a water jet with a 3-person capacity. They are adapted by some agencies for occupational use by branding, navigational lights, accessories, and some employ the use of a towable aquaplane device (TAD) termed a ‘Rescue Board’. Recently several companies have focused on manufacturing occupational specific designs. RWC’s are used by public safety agencies such as lifeguard, fire rescue, law enforcement and search and rescue groups. Volunteer groups are also using PWC’s. (Personal Water Craft) such as course marshals, USCG auxiliary, law enforcement SAR groups. Military waterborne special divisions have been using Rescue Water Craft and Marine Reconnaissance Vehicles (MRV) for safety during training evolutions and operational needs.
RESCUE WATER CRAFT ASSOCIATION MISSION
The mission of Rescue Water Craft Association is to bring together members representing the water rescue community, waterway users and vessel operators from a variety of international communities both recreational and occupational, to promote modern safe practices, share educational updates and standards.
Our vision is to serve as the leading alliance to promote operational standardization, reduce mishaps and risk of injury or death for professionals and recreational enthusiasts. RWCA programs will offer solutions to waterway users from occupational public safety to the recreational boater through accredited certified training programs.
The RWCA will promote modern standards, education utilizing the best practices in program activity and modern safety management.
USE AT OWN RISK
Please visit the links below for accurate and up to date information (which is subject to change), specifications and local pricing in your area regarding the O.E.M. (Original Equipment Manufacturer) equipment listed in the table above. Abide by all boating rules, laws, and regulations. Keep effective maintenance records and be a qualified Rescue Water Craft operator and fact check all information and supporting data. Be familiar with the craft features and functions and follow the owner’s manual guidelines and recommendations, COLREGS and the best practices.
RESCUE WATER CRAFT REFERENCES
OCCUPATIONAL DUTY BOATS