The club is really thriving this year thanks to the hard work and dedication of its committee. As well as the usual tangible work like membership management locally and with British Water Ski, there is an air of belonging and ownership throughout. Thank you all for helping this to spread.
Wednesday evenings have seen more people learn and enjoy skiing and wakeboarding. Thanks to Jake Moore and George Algar for teaching wakeboarding and thanks to Kate Kydd for helping me teach skiing. Thanks to everyone for making our newcomers feel so welcome and for your encouragement.
The new sense of club ownership mentioned above and the influx of new learners have led to an increase in membership. Unlike many years, all of the users of the facilities are club members or are paying the Wednesday night rate. Thank you to everyone for making this happen.
Most people will be aware of the beautiful sign on the jetty informing people that they need to join the club if they want to use the facilities. Many may not have noticed the new sign at the top of the slipway telling people about paying to launch boats. This has been commissioned to help Stevie Read’s task of collecting money for us. This is a long awaited and much needed arrangement to help us collect money for the jetty.
Each registered boat should now display a boat number to show that it is insured and that the registered owner has passed the SBDA requirement for driving at the club. If you have a boat registered and have not had your number, please contact Richard Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange getting your stickers.
Very nearly all of the drivers at the club have passed the Ski Boat Driver Award which, although a rule of the club has been very difficult to enforce. There are just one or two people who need to to complete it and their training and test is booked. By the end of August 2016, we should have 100% compliance. This has been a goal for a long time so thanks for supporting the initiative. People without SBDA can drive boats as long as they have an SBDA holder in the boat and ‘in charge’.