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Watersports Clubs and Organizations
Canada is home to a many water sports schools, clubs and camps. All of which offer a variety of sporting lessons and events for people of all ages to enjoy. There are several ways to get started, from testing to see if you like the sport at a schoolto joining a local club. Once you ‘get your feet wet’ you can then figure out which equipment is right for you and your needs and then go shopping when you’re ready to do so.
Clubs and Schools throughout Canada belong to provincial sports associations which are all recognized under Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada.
CLUBS: There are many clubs located across Canada, with several of them being close to major cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Clubs offer skiers to pay a monthly or yearly fee, generally offering a boat and or coach to help improve skills as well as focusing on safety.
Water sports clubs offer something for every level. Helping you improve on your skills as well as emotional support. Skiing and Wakeboarding with friends will help you have fun and improve on your own terms.
PROVINCIAL CLUB LISTING
SCHOOLS: Taking a lesson from a professional water sports instructor can make all the difference in your water experience. They can help you get the proper equipment and learn skills in a safe and fun manor.
Water ski and Wakeboard schools are located throughout Canada at various locations. Some are held within over night and recreational camps, while you will find others at resorts, marinas or school outlets run from public beaches and docks.
Schools offer group lessons or private sessions. All types of lessons will suite the needs of the student directly and depending on those needs this includes; in water assistance, morning or evening lessons and assistance for those with disabilities.
Experiencing water sports for the first time can be very exciting yet also very scary. Taking a lesson from a certified water sports instructor will help to ease your stress and create a wonderful learning environment.
FINDING A SCHOOL NEAR YOU:
Schools that offer beginner or advanced instruction are most often open to the public, but some located at resorts are for strictly resort guest.
To find schools please click on the link bellow for the province you would like to explore.
INTERESTED IN PROGRESSION?
Canada holds its very own water ports certification program for those interested in progressing in the sport. Be sure to see if the school of your choice has the Rip’n Ride program. This roadmap of development will show you the steps to take to becoming a better water sports athlete. Once you’ve gained your first certificate, you can then take it to any school throughout Canada offering this program and progress to the next level.
Learn more about Canada’s Rip’n Ride program.
If you’re thinking about getting involved in the water ski or wakeboard community, participating in events as a volunteer or spectator is a great way to start! Throughout the summer months there are many tournaments and events within each province. To find an event near you, simply visit Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada.
If you’re looking for local events, call a school or club nearest you for a list of summer events in smaller areas.
TOWED WATERSPORTS SAFETY TIPS
- Be sure your athlete is wearing a fitted life jacket
- Boots and binding are properly fitted. The foot should be secure in the binding, but able to slide out if a fall should occur
- The boat is equipped with an age and ability appropriate spotter AND driver
- The spotter keeps their eyes on the towed athlete at all times
- The driver is aware of the speed and drive line needed for the sport. (Always a straight line)
Contributed by: Heather Butts and Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada