Ski Boat Driver Level 2 Award | Windermere

The Ski Boat Driver level 2 award course is aimed at those with some previous experience of driving supervised water skiers and are looking to gain the BWS Ski Boat Drivers Award.

Ski Boat Driver Level 2 Award

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 (can apply for this at the centre)
  • 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 Manual

After attending the course participants should expect to be able to handle a powerboat safely under the right conditions and competently tow recreational waterskiiers. Be aware of their own limitations and those of the craft.

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the syllabus you will be awarded the BWS Ski Boat Drivers Award. Certificates are issued directly from British Water Ski. You are required to be or become a member of BWS.


Outline Syllabus

  • Types of craft and engines
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Launching and recovery
  • Low and high speed manoeuvres
  • Man overboard procedure
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency procedures
  • Coming alongside
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Awareness of other water users
  • Equipment for waterskiing
  • waterskiing signals
  • Driving for waterskiiers

The course will be taught in a highly practical manner using a RIB and Mastercraft ski boats and supported by shore-based sessions providing essential background knowledge. There will be a short multiple-choice test during the course.


Course Prices

Number of People Price Per Person
1 £400.00
2 £325.00
3 £305.00

Prices are per person and are for a 2 day course.


What’s Included

  • Instruction by British Water Ski qualified instructor
  • BWS Ski Boat Drivers Award fee
  • Maximum group size of four people
  • Protective clothing and safety equipment
  • BWS candidates manual and certificate


What’s Not Included

  • Personal insurance
  • Towels
  • British Water Ski membership
  • International Certificate of Competence assessment and fee.



The course dates show your actual activity days and the course will run from 10:00am to around 4.30pm each day. There will be a break for lunch at a convenient time. Please arrive at 9.30am on your first day to book into the centre .


What To Bring

We recommend that you bring: 

  • Plenty of warm clothing (quick drying fleece & thermals are ideal)
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Trainers or wetsuit boots
  • Hat & gloves
  • Sunglasses & sun cream
  • Flask or water bottle
  • Two passport size photographs



Lunch is not supplied however those attending courses at The Watersports Centre are eligible for a discount of 10% off food at the Langdale Lounge at Low Wood Bay. Alternatively candidates can bring their own lunch.


Age Limits

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.



Pre-booking is essential.

Hire & Activities can be booked by calling us on:

015394 39441

All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.

Courses are available to book outside of peak season (school holidays), email to enquire.

Before arrival please check:
Opening Times | Terms & Conditions | Car Parking & Facilities

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