Ski Boat Driver Level 3 (SBD3)
The SBD suite of driving qualifications are about manoeuvring a boat, with a propeller and a tow line in close proximity to 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.
Following on from the SBD1 or the SBD2, an experienced driver can progress to SBD3
The SBD3 module A qualification can also be completed at coastal SBD3 centres
|To achieve the SBD3 Module A the driver needs to have a broad experience driving for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders as well as beginners.|
|The SBD3 module A is an ideal qualification for club drivers, commercial drivers and it is in alignment with the driving requirement for a UKCC Level 2 coach.|
The pathway is by continuous self-development guided by the driver checklist, which is a step-by-step guide to attain the required driving skills. These skills can be witnessed by an SBD3 Principal. If there is not an SBD3 Principal at the club, the driver checklist can be witnessed by an official within the club, for example the club Chairperson.
The final assessment must be completed by the club SBD3 Principal. If there is not an SBD3 Principal at the club, the final assessment can be completed at a neighbouring club or commercial centre.
Following on from the SBD3 module A there are specialist modules.
The following advanced specialist driving modules can be added as required;
To successfully complete the following modules the driver will have a very high level of driving experience, knowledge and understanding of the specific discipline concerned.
SBD3 Driving for a Slalom skier (Module S)
The driver for this advanced level of slalom skier will be very experienced and familiar with the skier’s requirements.
Some of the driver skills expected:
- Maintaining a straight course
- Understanding the speed control setup
- Driving correct, smooth ‘P’ turns
- Stopping at the end of the course to shorten the tow line
- Minimising wash at all times
SBD3 Module T
Driving for a Slalom, Trick and Jump skier (Tournament Module T this includes S) . The SBD3 Module T is in alignment with the Cutting Edge Platinum Tournament water ski standard.
The trick skier will expect a straight course, smooth turns and correct speed.
The driver will make adjustments according to the skill level of the skier.
When driving for a trick skier, the driver needs to be able to select a competent line release person.
SBD3 Driving for a Wakeboarder and Wakesurfer (Module W)
SBD3 Driving with inflatables (Module I)
The driver must deliver a comprehensive safety briefing for the riders, including safety rules and signals.
Club Tournament Driver – Modules SBD3+T (SBD3+tournament)
Commercial Driver – Modules SBD3+I (sbd3+Inflatables)
Club wakeboard Driver – Modules SBD3+W (SBD3+wakeboard/wakesurf)