British Water Ski & Wakeboard aims to improve the standard of ski boat driving in the absence of any legislation or licensing system in the UK.
In many parts of Europe a boat driver's licence is mandatory but not in the UK. Our aim is to offer our own training and awards in order to bridge this gap and offer our members a qualification which demonstrates a particular level of competence. Note that the SBD series of driving awards are not simply about driving a boat however they are about driving a boat and safely towing a skier or rider. We offer two tiers of award as proof of your boat handling and towing skills - the Ski Boat Driver Level 2 (SBD2) and the Ski Boat Driver Level 3 Award (SBD3). The SBD2 is now recognised as the minimum standard of driving skills at clubs throughout the UK and is supported by a network of test centres.
BWSW produces a candidate's manual and additionally recommends Peter White's Powerboating (published by Wiley Nautical). This is the ideal guide whether you are a beginner needing an introduction or simply want to refresh your knowledge of boating and staying safe on the water.