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Ski Boat Driving Courses

Hi5 Ski Boat Driver Lessons and Qualifications

Hi5 now offer boat driving lessons and qualifications for all level of boat driver.

Whether you are a complete beginner driver looking to get started on your journey or an experienced driver looking to give your skier / rider the most out of each set.

Boat Driving Lessons:

Hi5 are an accredited centre with British Water Ski & Wakeboard meaning that we can deliver the Ski Boat Driver Level 1, 2 & 3 qualifications to its members. On top of this we offer personalised boat driving lessons to prepare you for the qualifications.

Off Peak Lessons: £40 per 30-minute lesson

Peak Lessons: £50 per 30-minute lesson

Ski Boat Driver Qualifications:

To gain the ski boat driver qualifications you must be a member of British Water Ski & Wakeboard and purchase a licence fee which is included within the prices below. Speak to us to discuss membership categories for your family. If you are already a member of British Water Ski & Wakeboard, then the price will be discounted.

Ski Boat Driver Level 1: £325

Ski Boat Driver Level 2: £325

Ski Boat Driver Level 3: £325

Enquires and Bookings:

Please email sales@hi5events.com if you would like to book in Ski Boat Driver Training or secure your place on one of our qualifications.

Alternatively, call us on 0118 9567556.

The Qualifications:

Please find more information regarding the qualifications below. Alternatively, you can look on the British Water Ski & Wakeboard website (bwsw.org.uk).

Ski Boat Driver Level 1:

SBD1 is the number one qualification in the UK for recreational ski boat drivers at water ski club or as individuals.

The Ski Boat Driver Level 1 (SBD1) is designed for anyone who wishes to drive unsupervised for water skiing and/or other associated disciplines, it is, for many, the starting point on the ski boat driver pathway. It is considered the benchmark standard to drive at inland clubs throughout the UK.

SBD1 is formal proof of boat driving ability in relation to inland waters in the UK.

Ski Boat Driver Level 2:

Recreational water skiing and wakeboarding is great family fun and can be done using most power boats. This is popular using all manner of powerboats, including ribs on coastal waters. The SBD suite of driving qualifications are about manoeuvring a boat, with a propeller and a tow line near a person or persons in the water, these are the only driving qualifications which prepare a boat driver to do this safely. A boat driver, towing water skiers or any other towed sport, has a duty to be qualified and insured.

The Purpose of SBD2

The Ski Boat Driver Level 2 is designed for anyone who wishes to drive unsupervised for water skiing and/or other associated disciplines on coastal waters.

It is for many, the starting point on the ski boat driver pathway. It is considered the benchmark standard to drive at clubs throughout the UK on coastal waters.

SBD2 is a pre-requisite to becoming a licenced water ski and wakeboard coach. SBD2 is formal proof of boat driving ability for driving on coastal waters. Some of the benefits of taking the SBD2 include being issued with an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is recognised for driving a ski boat in European coastal and inland waters.

What is involved?

Firstly, you will need to decide whether you need boat driving lessons, or if you have previous boat driving experience including towing skiers/riders. The examiner may agree to a driving assessment without the need for boat driving lessons.

If you have the required experience, the Ski Boat Driver Level 2 is roughly a day long program consisting of a theoretical based assessment (assessment of boat driving knowledge) and a practical based assessment (assessment of boat handing skills). Prior to completing the theoretical based assessment, candidates will attend a tutoring session designed to develop understanding of several key topics relating to driving a ski boat on coastal waters, this will take approximately 4 hours. Following this, candidates will complete a 30-minute multiple choice SBD2 examination.

After successfully completing the SBD2 examination candidates can access the International certificate of competence for coastal waters (ICC), if you require an ICC for European Inland waters (CEVNI Regulations) you can arrange an additional tutorial before taking a 20 minute multiple choice Inland Waters examination leading to an Inland endorsement on the coastal International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

The practical boat driving assessment consists of a 30-minute familiarisation session (to familiarise with the boat, the site and the assessment procedure) followed by a 15 minute slow manoeuvring skills assessment, and a 15 minute water ski/wakeboard driving assessment. Click here to see the driving assessment hand out, which explains the assessment in detail.

What do I need before applying for the SBD2?
Before applying to complete a Ski Boat Driver Level 2 all candidates must meet the following pre-requisites:

• Be a current member of British Water Ski and Wakeboard
• Be aged 16 years or over
• Have some experience of driving water skiers (under supervision) or arrange to take lessons
• Read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 Assessment handout
• Read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 Workbook

What can I do next?
Once qualified, Drivers may wish to develop further by undertaking the following:

• Ski Boat Driver Level 3 Qualification
• UKCC Level 1 Water Ski & Wakeboard Coaching Qualification
• UKCC Level 2 Water Ski & Wakeboard Coaching Qualification

Ski Boat Driver Level 3:

We also offer the higher level ski boat driver qualification the SBD3.

There are various modules you can take:

  • Module A: Base module – demonstartes a higher level of boat control than SBD2
  • Slalom Module
  • Inflatable Module
  • Wakeboard Module

Interested in finding out more? Call us on 0118 939 4709 or enquire below