Recreation : Guidelines : Water Skiing

Guidelines for water skiing

European marine features where the activity takes place

Codes of practice

National representative body

Water skiing is an increasingly popular sport in the UK. Estimates suggest 150,000 people water ski on a regular basis and possibly up to 250,000 participate on a casual basis. There are currently 10,000 members of the British Water Ski Federation.

European marine features where the activity takes place

This activity is generally restricted to large open areas of open water which have the capacity for supporting larger motorised craft. Any underwater obstructions such as reefs will be avoided for safety reasons.



Likely to occur

Unlikely to occur



Mud and Sand Flats

(if sufficient water depth



(if sufficient water depth)


Inlets and Bays






Sea Caves


Grey Seal


Common Seal


Bottlenose Dolphin



Codes of practice

Tidelines, 1997 Available from the Royal Yachting Association

Navigate with Nature, 1998 Available from the British Marine Industries Federation

Numerous Leaflets Available from The British Water Ski Federation

National representative organisation

British Water Ski Federation

390 City Road

London EC1V 2QA

Tel: 0171 8332855

Fax: 0171 8375879


Scottish Water Skiing Association


6 Letham Road







Characteristics of activity and management issues associated with water skiing

Summary of potential environmental impacts associated with water skiing


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