Characteristics and management issues
The activity is male orientated with 72% of
participants in the age range 25-44.
Most craft used for informal water skiing activities
are of conventional design and use outboard engines.
An increasing proportion of craft are designed
as dedicated water ski craft often with hulls designed to maximise
planning efficiency and inboard engines powered by propane.
The sport has a number of high profile participants,
competing successfully at an international level.
The use of a well known personality connected
with the activity may be an effective way to promote environmental
initiatives to participants
Participants are likely to be associated with
local water-ski specific clubs and/or the national representative
organisation of the activity, the British Water Ski Federation.
All participants will at some point deal directly with the marine
industry (e.g. chandlers, equipment suppliers etc.).
Voluntary codes of practice and education programmes
run through local or national representative clubs, and in conjunction
with equipment suppliers and hirers effectively target participants.
Voluntary zoning can be effective but needs
to be developed in conjunction with local clubs or industry
to ensure success.
If byelaws are necessary the involvement of
local clubs and industry is essential to ensure the transfer
of information to the end user and to aid with enforcement of
Tuition is often required to achieve the basic
skills for this activity.
Environmental information provided by trainers
is likely to be effective in reaching target audience.
Slipways or mooring are required to enable
water access for water ski craft.
Known access points to the water can be good
locations for promoting environmental information to this group.
The main targeted publication for this activity
is Sportsboat and Water-ski International magazine a with circulation
Education programmes run in conjunction with
user magazines can raise awareness of marine environmental issues
and management schemes.