Author Archives: Gavin Kelly


Dear Tournament Event Organiser, Competitor/Licence Holder and Tournament Official,

The Tournament Committee over the past few weeks have been monitoring developments regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and the guidance given to us all by the Government.

We believe that the time has come to make some decisions about the 2020 Calendar which is due to get underway in the middle of May so that there can be some clarity and certainty for organisers and participants.

Most water ski sites are currently closed, and some Organisers have already taken the decision to cancel events.

It is clear that the current restrictions on unnecessary travel and the requirements for social distancing prohibit any participation sporting events from taking place and even when these restrictions start to be lifted it is unlikely that sports will immediately recommence.

Consequently, the Tournament Committee have decided that all events on the Calendar for May 2020 must be cancelled and will no longer be sanctioned.

Thereafter each month’s activity will be reviewed one month in advance. So, a decision will be taken about June events no later than the end of April and so on.

Any fees already paid to BWSW in relation to events will be reimbursed to the organising club.

Of course, Organisers may decide to cancel their events in advance of our monthly review and in those circumstances, fees will be reimbursed as well.

Combined National Championships 2020

The National Championships are due to take place in August at Oxford Wake and Ski Club.

After consultation with the Organiser we have decided that the situation will be reviewed at the end of April and a final decision about going ahead with this years’ Championships will be taken no later than the end of May.

These are challenging times for all of us, but we will get through them, get back on the water and enjoy the sport that we all love. In the meanwhile, stay safe and well.

World and E&A Titled Events

These are all under review and decisions will be taken at least 60 days in advance of the Competition dates. It is already decided that the U17 World Championships will be postponed until 2021. In this case all skiers who are eligible to participate this year will be able to take part in it.

Please all stay safe and keep well . . .

Steve Sopp

Chairman Tournament Committee

2020 Officials Seminar – Online Courses and Live Sessions . .

The E&A Waterski Council have developed some online learning resources and live webinars to replace this years seminar.

All level 1 and 2 Officials should have received joining instructions.
All other British Officials should have received an email today containing the information below and with a link to register if you would like to access the courses or webinars.It is a great resource so please check it out.

Dear Official,

As promised the WaterSki Council is pleased to provide some Online Resources that we would normally present at the Seminar.
We hope the resources will be useful and educational for you.
They have been launched on our new educational platform.

We will use this platform for all our Educational and Exam material now and in the future.
Please have a look around and give us your feedback.

Please take the Courses listed under Seminar 2020. These include:

2020 Rule Changes

Situations for Discussion

End Course Discussion

Questions you have asked

Feedback and request for Online Sessions.




& Waterski Council

This weekend the WaterSki Council will present three online sessions:

Saturday April 4th. 11:00 CET

“According to the Rules”

Presented by Candido Moz and Other WaterSki Council Member.
An interactive session covering Rule Changes and other questions you have asked
Approximately 60 minutes
You will receive an invitation at 10:30 CET with Zoom connection instructions.
The meeting will open at 10:45 CET
Please connect in good time as we will start promptly at 11:

Saturday April 4th. 13:00 CET

“SplashEyeDrive Setup and Usage”

Presented by Donal Connolly
Live Demonstration of how to Setup and Use SplashEyeDrive Approximately 60 minutes
You will receive an invitation at 12:30 CET with Zoom connection instructions.
The meeting will open at 12:45 CET
Please connect in good time as we will start promptly at 13:00

Sunday April 5th. 11:00 CET

“Sure-Path Questions and Answers”

Presented by James Timothy, Sure-Path Inventor and WaterSki Council Member.
Everything you wanted to know about this exciting new technology
Approximately 30 minutes
You will receive an invitation at 10:30 CET with Zoom connection instructions.
The meeting will open at 10:45 CET
Please connect in good time as we will start promptly at 11:00

Other online sessions will be presented by the Council if there is demand for them based on the Seminar Feedback form.

All Level 1 and Level 2 Officials will automatically receive an invitation to the platform.

Please feel free to invite other Officials, Organisers or Federation members to register by filling in this form.

Hoping you are all safe,


Donal Connolly

WaterSki Council

E&A Officials Seminar 2020

This years Seminar was scheduled to take place here in the UK at the beginning of April. With the rapid development of the situation surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic this has been kept under continuous review for the last few weeks. Regretfully the decision has now been taken to cancel the Seminar. The following note has been issued on behalf of the E&A Waterski and Disabled Waterski Councils and British Waterski and Wakeboard.

“Dear Official,

Based on the recent significant deterioration in the COVID-19 situation around Europe, the WaterSki Council, Disabled Council and British Waterski and Wakeboard have re-evaluated the situation regarding the 2020 Seminar in London.

We now have no choice but to cancel the Seminar.

It has been decided that the Seminar will be held at the same venue in 2021.

Thanks to very hard work by British WaterSki and Wakeboard we have been able to secure the venue at no additional cost for the weekend of April 9-11 2021.

All monies paid to British WaterSki and Wakeboard will be refunded – please be patient as this will take some time to complete. A separate registration process will take place for 2021.

The WaterSki Council will shortly announce a series of online events and resources to allow you to benefit from the information we would have shared with you at the Seminar.

We hope that you understand the decision we have had to make and we urge you all to stay safe during these difficult times.”

Judges Training Workshops

We have arranged two one day Judges Training Workshops which will take place at Thorpe Ski on Saturday 28th March and at Hazelwoods on Saturday 23rd May starting at 9.00am.

Training consists of classroom work and presentations but has to be followed up by some practical experience at Competitions before taking a straight forward exam to get on the first rung of the Judging ladder.

The training day will be based on the following agenda:
•Aims of the Day
•Judges Responsibilities
•Chief Judges Responsibilities
•Trick Judging Practice
Discussion and Conclusion

If you would like to participate please contact Gavin Kelly on indicating which day you would like to attend.
If you are coming you should download the World Rulebook and British Additional Rules and familiarise yourself with them.

World Waterski Rules 2020 (1)

British Waterski Additional Rules 2020

Friends of Tournament 200 Club

The February draw for the Friends of Tournament 200 Club took place at the BWSW HQ during the Waterski Committee meeting. And the winners were:
1st Tom Williams – £468 No 81.
2nd Dr. Ian Campbell – £351 No 33.
3rd Stuart Lillis – £234 No 118.
4th Andy Phillips – £117 No 79.
Congratulations to our winner and a big thank you to all who generously participate. This month we had 144 balls in the bag but we still want to get that up to a full 200. This year FoT plans to spend £46,000 supporting our elite skiers and in various development activities. Six Development Days are already scheduled and information will be circulated about these very soon.

Fot 200 Club Draw February 2020