SBDA Award

Approved SBDA approved driver test centre

This award is proof that the holder is a competent driver of a ski boat and can safely tow a skier or boarder. This award is required for those wishing to go into water-ski or wakeboarding instruction. Ski Boat Driver Award is recognised around the UK as a benchmark of drivers skills.

For those wanting to go into a career working with waterskiing or wakeboarding, this qualification is essential.

    What the course includes:
  • Ski Boat Drivers Manual - click here to view
  • Ski Boat Driver Award

The course is a one day course and is aimed at those who have the basic boat handling skills and are at a competent level in a powerboat, however if you are not at this level we are also able to accommodate you - see below.

During the course we will work through the Ski Boat Drivers Manual which is available to download for pre-reading. This covers basic boat handling, safety regulations, tides, boat prep, practical handling, handling at planing speeds, rules of the road, hand signals, how to drive for a skier and much more.

The cost of the SBDA is £150. This includes certificates.

For those who are not as competent we can offer training prior to the course to get you boat handling and knowledge ready for the assessment.

These costs include the certificates and necessary books/manuals. We provide lifejackets however students should bring warm clothes and some waterproofs.

Like our other courses our dates are flexible and we can suit your demand on enquiry. Contact us for more details.

  • No Membership Required
  • Open water swimming now open
  • Schools and Activity Days