Any power sport is dangerous due to physics, relative to speed, weight, maintenance, environment, mechanical failures, physicality, and operator errors to name a few.

Personal Water Craft are outstanding vessels that attract individuals who wish to engage in the pursuit of a competitive opportunity to test their skills against others on a variety of competition courses.

This includes operators, teams, supporters, staff, and spectators who have been killed in accidents related to the sport of Personal Water Craft (PWC). There are a variety of watercraft competitions such as:

1. Stand-up (1 Person capacity)

2. Sport (1-2 Person capacity)

3. Runabout or Sit Down (1-3 Person capacity

Closed circuit racing such as ‘closed course’ or ‘grand prix’ style events, participants will navigate through a serious of turns with color coded anchored buoys to signify distance and degree of turn relative to how many laps completed are determined by a race director or staff.

Categories of competition may include any of the following, a few events can be team events where operators rotate positions during fuel or changeover stops:

4. Slalom

5. Obstacle

6. Closed Course

7. Freeride

8. Freestyle

9. Drag Racing

10. Endurance-Offshore

11. Enduro-Grand Prix

12. Rally

These accidents take place during qualifying, during a race, in practice or a private training session.

Thousands of events have been produced worldwide since competitions first began in the 1970’s.

Personal Water Craft have evolved with technological advances like all power craft or motorized vehicles since the 1970’s. The manufacturers produce vessels that are safe and compliant with industry rules and regulations. However, race track designs and staff education and

Unfortunately, we have experienced loss of friends and colleagues over the years. It is our desire to learn from these difficult passages to better serve our community with answers and suggestions.

The Rescue Water Craft Association is dedicated towards enhancing and supporting race and event safety for all involved through standardization of the most modern practices, training, and an effective vetting process relative to the style of competition.

The Rescue Water Craft Association is the only entity that has investigated injury/accidents and equipment for ratings of safety, strength and utility.

It’s a fantastic sport and we appreciate the dedication of all involved.

Our sincere condolences to the surviving family members, colleagues and to our community. We will not forget #GBNF and together in spirit we will strive to increase not only awareness but capability of prevention for accidents.

Please see our Memorial page here to honor their memory:




EIN: 82-2072637      



Rescue Water Craft Association Inc.

13681 Newport Ave. Ste 8-417

Tustin, CA  USA


OFFICE: (561) 774-4340


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