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Old 25 June 2008, 04:23   #1
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Water ski instructor

Does anyone know what formal qualifications you need to have to be a water-ski instructor? I was told this morning that you had to have an "RYA water ski instructor" qualification, which I found odd as I'd never heard of it. Having checked there is indeed no RYA qualification.

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There is a 'ski boat drivers qualification' but as far as i can work out its not mandatory in the UK.

Little bit of info here http://www.wmwaterski.com/The-Club/B...ng-License.htm
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I should point out this is to drive skiers and wake boarders commercially. It was my insurance company who mentioned RYA Ski Instructor.
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The ticket you are after is the BWS (British Water Ski) SBDA (Ski Boat Drivers Award). We are their centre for this area and run it alongside the RYA Level 2 or for those who can already drive as a short extra endorsement.

Its fairly staright forward and requires you joining the BWS
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I assume that covers you for both skiing and wakeboarding?
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I assume that covers you for both skiing and wakeboarding?
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Wow, you guys have gov certification requirements for EVERYTHING?!
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Much of this stuff is voluntary. As a general rule if its commercial then you need a cert, if its leisure then its up to you, however some lakes and harbours have their own local regs.
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You will also require the BWSF water ski / board instructor ticket to instruct
SBDA is only for the driver.

You need / supposed to have a driver and instructor in the boat ( Athough im aware of centres that only use an instructor )

Did mine at Nottingham many moons ago not sure if they are still on the go at the National site.
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The confusion with the RYA is probably a result of very old information -
At one time the RYA had some sort of connection.
Not sure of the exact History im sure someone with more grey hair than me could tell us.
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