Straight-Line Cable Operator

Straight-Line Cable Operator

The BWSW Straight-Line Cable Operator Qualification is broken down into three parts.

Straight-Line Cable Operator Level 1 (SLO1):

The Straight-Line Cable Operator qualification is designed for anyone looking to learn and develop their skills as a cable operator. The majority of the learning occurs during the SLO1. During this time candidates will complete a mixture of theoretical and practical based learning & assessment. The SLO1 is an all-day assessment based upon your ability to understand the key safety elements of the cable, including a basic operating assessment.

Once the candidate has passed this assessment, they will be able to operate a straight-line cable whilst under direct supervision. This is to allow the candidate to gain the necessary skills to prepare them for operating a straight-line cable on their own. The candidate will complete the Supervised Training Guide (STG) whilst they are practicing for their Straight-Line Cable Operating Level 2 Assessment (SLO2). 

Supervised Training Guide (STG):

The STG will help the candidate structure the relevant skills they will need to practice before moving onto the SLO2. This will be given to them by the principal who assessed them during SLO1. Once the candidate has displayed the skills required and the Principal is happy that the STG has been completed, the candidate can move onto the SLO2.

Straight-Line Operator Level 2 (SLO2):

The SLO2 is a more advanced assessment of the candidate’s knowledge and ability with operating a straight-line cable. The candidate will complete a written and practical test; upon passing the test and once the relevant fees are paid the candidate will be qualified to operate a straight-line cable unsupervised.

How do I book onto the course?

Please see below for your nearest SLO centre. You can liaise with them directly to see when they are next running a course:

Location: Venue: Centre Website: 


Lagoon Watersports
Lincolnshire Just Wake / Tattershall Water Park
Cambridgeshire  Hannam’s Wake Hub
Dorset   New Forest Water Park
West Midlands  Pier 52
Devon   North Devon Wake Park

Please contact for more information. 

How much does the course cost?

If this course is completed in conjunction with a BWSW coaching course, then the SLO1, STG and SLO2 will cost an additional £200.

If the candidate is completing this at one of our SLO centres, this will depend on centre and will likely vary.

The candidate will need to become a member of BWSW and also pay a registration fee. This fee is £40 and will be paid once the SLO1 is completed. If the candidate completes the SLO2 within the same season, then there will be no additional fee payment needed. However, if the candidate passes the SLO2 in a different season to the SLO1 then there will be an additional £40 registration fee.

How long is each part of the Straight-Line Operator qualification?

SLO1: 1-day course providing that the candidate works hard and achieves the minimum level of competency.

STG: Please note, that there is no specific amount of time to compete the Supervised Training Guide. This is achieved once the candidate has satisfactorily completed all of the skills on the guide. However, the more time the candidate spends operating will increase the chances of them completing it quickly.

SLO2: This comprises of a written and practical assessment. The written test should take no more than 30 minutes with the practical assessment taking no more than 20 minutes.

Do I have to complete the SLO1 before the SLO2?

Yes, even if you are an extremely experienced operator you will need to complete the SLO1 first.

What can I do next?

A BWSW Coaching Course. Our BWSW Beginner Cable Wakeboard Coach and BWSW Intermediate Cable Wakeboard Coach is perfect for developing your skills and abilities as a straight-line cable operator and coach.

For more information on coaching courses please click here