Your club committee have realised that the rules regarding use of the facilities are not clear, partly because there seem to be grey areas and inconsistency. We have started to tighten up where we can for the good of the members and to clarify what we expect. This is the reason for some messages on the Whatsapp group recently as well as several messages directly to people. We hope that everyone will support us in this drive and will understand the reasons. If this is a bit long, please just read the highlighted bits which are the important bits. The rest gives the reasoning and further explanation.
Who can use the Facilities?
If you use the jetty for anything to do with skiing, then you need to be a member. This means:
- Skiing from the jetty.
- Putting gear, bags, clothes skis on the jetty.
- Changing on the jetty
- Tying your boat to the jetty
The jetty, mooring fees, signs etc cost money to maintain, and if you do not become a member, then others are paying your proportion for you.
Currently we are affiliated to BWS and our terms of affiliation mean that all of our skiing members have to be members of BWS. That is why most of your membership money goes to BWS. BWS membership runs from March, so if you do not pay us until August, then you are wasting 5 months of insurance cover as well as putting committee members in a vulnerable position if you use the club facilities.
The only exception to the above, is when we introduce new people to the club. If someone wants to join the club, we allow them 5 visits to try it out. Those wishing to do this are welcome on Wednesday evenings by prior arrangement and payment of £25. This is not open to anyone who has previously been a member or has already visited 5 times.
All boats operating at the club must be registered with the club and must have a Ski Boat Driver level 2 (SBD2) holder on board and in charge (not necessarily driving, but able to give instruction and take control).
Anyone registering a boat with the club and receiving a boat number *must hold a SBD2 and hold at least £1,000,000 insurance for the boat.
For the purposes of this, ‘operating at the club’ means pulling a skier from or to the jetty or *tying to the club jetty. Simply put, any situation in which authorities considered that the club was allowing or facilitating that boat to operate.
*The rules surrounding which boats are registered have been poorly explained and somewhat vague in the past, so this year, some people have registered boats yet do not have SBD2. We as a committee have decided to allow these to continue for this year but for next and subsequent years, SBD2 will be a requirement of registering a boat and only registered boats will be allowed to tie to the jetty regardless of whether used for skiing. We hope that the period of grace will allow people to sort the necessary SBD2. A course will be arranged.
Boats driving with skiers or boarders must take an observer on board. The only exception to this according to BWS is when the boat is the only one operating at the time. This is particularly poignant as this was discussed on the jetty on Sunday before George drove for a boarder with no observer. Although the rules said he didn’t need to, his boarder suffered a nasty head injury requiring hospital attention. Luckily the boarder was conscious and able to re-board the boat. Had that not been the case, the situation could have been far worse, so please can we tighten up on this?
Registered boats are also entitled to use the Felixstowe Ferry launch slipway.
One final note
There are many people affected by this including me. I have been poor in joining on time, people have not insured their boats and some still have not paid membership. Please support us in tightening up all these points.