An Introduction To PCDC
Part 1 : One small step into the water
Pen Marine’s social media channels have been abuzz with PCDC news lately, and in case you missed it, here we dive into PCDC a little more. Short for Power Craft Driving Course, the course will equip participants with the necessary skills to have fun and more importantly, be safe out in the open seas.
The name is a giveaway – participants will learn to drive a power boat competently by the end of the course. There are innumerable pleasure crafts out there – yachts, sailboats, catamarans and so on – but you will agree, we’re sure, that before one can learn to pilot a 50-foot yacht, they must first take the first small step into the water and learn the basics.
Let’s start with ‘powerboats’. It is defined as any ship or boat that uses a motor as its means for propulsion. In PCDC, the focus in mainly on smaller crafts of around 20 feet in length. Therefore, these highly manoeuvrable boats are ideal for those looking to dip their toes into the water.
The highlight of PCDC is undoubtedly in Module 3, where participants will take the helm of a Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 CC Serie 2. It’s a sporty and elegantly streamlined day cruiser with an American-styled cockpit, and at approximately 24 feet, it is the perfect boat to begin your adventure.
A sneak preview of the curriculum.
Creating memories and learning new skills is exciting. However, Pen Marine also wants to draw attention to the safety aspect of heading out to sea, and so PCDC places major emphasis on learning the Rules of the Road (ROR) out at sea.
In essence, it is a set of written rules – sometimes even unwritten behavioural guides – that govern conduct out on the blue so that everyone is safe. After all, we can only truly enjoy ourselves if we are being safe.
As aforementioned above, Module 3 will take participants out to sea, whereas Module 1 and 2 will empower you with the knowledge and theory needed while you’re there.
Module 1 is a completely self-study component, and you will learn the ROR and Collision Regulations (or COLREGS for short). Participants must finish it before the second module, and there are tests at the end to check the competency of the participant.
Module 2 is similar, with the added benefit of learning from highly experienced instructors who have decades of stories to tell. As in life, so in PCDC. You get what you give, so participants who are engaged and inquisitive will absorb more. Come with an eagerness to learn, and we promise you will receive valuable knowledge at the end of the course.
Okay, that’s enough exposition for now.
We at Pen Marine are highly excited to take all aspiring boaters to Module 3, but the Movement Control Order is still in effect at the time of writing. We don’t have a set date yet for the module, and so we thank you for your patience and we hope that participants of PCDC thus far will continue their learning in the meantime.
This also gives us all something to look forward to in the coming months, doesn’t it?
Should you wish to find out more about PCDC, get in touch with our team here. We will love to explain this course in detail to you.
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you in Part 2 of this series, where we’ll elaborate on the many experiences you can have and memories you can build once you are certified under PCDC.