Stage 5 Operational Level

Personal Water Craft Course for Law Enforcement

This Stage 5 course is designed to provide professional development for operational use for Personal Water Craft. This course includes instructor lecture, video review, and presentations. Stage 5 training is an operational readiness program for advanced boat handling. This stage includes stages 1-4, and is a skill based tier layered training with emphasis on vessel knowledge, preventative maintenance and effective balance points. Students in this course will be participating as role players during skillsets with an emphasis on surveillance, close quarter maneuvering, pier and hull searches, vessel boarding, Dive team support and underway skills. Students will be evaluated on operational skills.

This course prepared students to provide Homeland Security small power craft support. Students will be proficient with 16 standard criterion skills sets, launching and loading, survivor recovery and safe operations for multiple survivors on-board, (one to five). This course offers an optional 1 night operations segment upon request. Safety Plan is in effect with all training modules.

Note: Select courses offer Firearm Use and Retention, care, safety upon request and may reflect a different fee.


Course Identification and Certification Number: #K38-LEO-604-5

5 day, 40 hour course

*Pre-requisite applies.  NASBLA or Equivalent Basic Boating Certificate
Course Fee per participant:  $1825.00 USD

Agency approval to attend
Minimum Age: 18 years of age

*All course fees are set for a minimum of 6 students per course to host, if the minimum is not met the course will be cancelled, postponed or the full fee will be applied. Water conditions for training are dependent on weather, site location and seasonal environment.


This five-day, 40-hour Stage 5 course is designed to provide relevant professional Law Enforcement Officers development for operational use for Personal Water Craft. Stage 5 training is an education and readiness program for safe boat handling covering academic and skills-based knowledge.

This 5-day course includes stages 1-4. This Stage 5 training course is will enhance, improve and develop procedures, standards and improvements of operation for the essential tasks required to operate a Personal Water Craft.

FACILITY LEARNING 50%: The academic classroom presentation segment is lecture and hands-on based on:
a. Standards, policies and procedures
b. Laws, rules and regulations
c. Best practices-fundamentals
d. Injury-accident review and prevention
e. Safety mindset
f. Operational practices, task analysis
g. Maintenance of equipment
h. Transport: launching/recovery of boats
i. PPE use and inspection
j. Risk management, hazard awareness and avoidance
k. Appliance and accessory devices
l. Communications

FIELD EXERCISES 50%: This Stage 5 course program is a skill-based tier layered hands-on training with emphasis on:
a. Vessel familiarity and operational knowledge
b. Preventative maintenance and effective balance points of the craft
c. Students will be proficient with 16 realistic standard criterion skills sets.
d. Students in this course will be participating as role players during skillsets
e. This course provides navigation skills during training sea state (water and weather) conditions
f. Collision avoidance and Rules of the Road
g. Throttle management and speed variations with changing weight loads on board the vessel and TAD
h. Optional night operations
i. Recovery of distressed person(s) in the water or from objects
j. Transport and transfer of survivor(s)
k. Maintain a stable vessel underway in dynamic conditions, both day (or night if qualified to do so)
l. Safety practices: recovery, capsizing and righting, observance of changing water and weather conditions, man overboard, submerged vessel, personal survival
m. Troubleshooting equipment issues
n. Towing another vessel

Students shall take daily quizzes, a final exam and maintain course inspection records and notes.

Students will be evaluated on operational skills. Students will be taking notes during the course, daily quizzes and inspection checklists. Students will receive a manual with their quizzes and daily reviews.

Students must successfully pass all phases of instruction, be physically and mentally fit and demonstrate safely and efficiently the boating skills necessary to be a qualified boat Coxswain.

K38 courses are third party assessed/audited by the International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA) and accredited by the organization, instructors are IRIA approved.

Upon successful completion of all phases of instruction students will receive the following:

1. Stage 5 Expert Level, Risk Level Extreme, Open Water Certificate
2. Level 1 Night Operations, Risk Level Extreme Certificate
1. Agency Course Completion Certificate for Group or Individual Course Participants

a. Course Completion Reference Letter, risk and course badges
b. Course Assessment of Skills-Standards
c. Student Reminders
d. Recurring Training Skill Sheet
e. Student Records Guidebook

a. Student Manual
b. Student registration documents
c. Student Quizzes Stage 1-5
d. Student Inspection Lists Stage 2-5
e. Student Exam
f. Course Daily Breakdown sent upon course approval to proceed (PDF)

It is our goal to guide each student to becoming an individual ‘Competent Person’ to be able to identify hazards, avoidance of hazards, mitigation measures and appropriate responses. (OSHA)