How to join:
All ages and all abilities are welcome. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and for more information email us at [email protected]
Jr Development Team:
Our youngest members and newer skiers participate and grow as part of our Jr. Development Team. They practice one night/week and focus on waterskiing basics and show skiing basics. All Jr members are part of our development shows on Sundays.
Sr Development Team:
Our older teens and adults who are not new to water skiing, but new to show skiing have a special practice night dedicated just to them. Our goal is to mentor and train them to learn the skills necessary to be part of the main show.
Our most seasoned show skiers are part of what we call the “Sr. Team” – it is senior in skill (open to all ages). This is the group that performs the main show and practices 1-2 times/week.
The shows are every Sunday at 6pm with some exceptions (see our Schedule for details).
The team practices one-two times per week. We ask that members try to make at least one of the weekly practices. How often you practice is up to you, but we feel it is important to note you will get out of the team what you put into it”.
All USA Water Ski & Wake Sports memberships are non-refundable. Dues can be refunded at a pro-rated amount but USA-WSWS is non-refundable.
USA WaterSki Insurance allows for participation in all USA-WSWS events and includes secondary insurance coverage, including the jump ramp. *This insurance is required for participation in team practices (on and off the water) and shows.
Your membership gets you a lot of water time, excellent training, opportunities to get individualized expert training, and a chance to learn and try a lot of disciplines of the sport where all equipment, boats, and a lake are provided. Most importantly, the chance to work with a diverse team and be a part of something spectacular.
Membership prices vary by location (White Bear Lake residents are offered reduced rates, as new members) and vary by number joining (individual vs. family).
There is also an insurance fee (USA WaterSki Insurance) prices vary depending on membership type.
For specific questions regarding membership & insurance, send an email to [email protected]
There are several ‘experts’ and ‘ex-professional’ water skiers on the team. There is always someone available to instruct from the basics to the most difficult maneuvers. In addition, the team offers several ski clinics throughout the summer to its team members (Barefoot, Wakeboard, Jump, and Swivel) where we often fly in expert instructors for special, individualized training.
We practice one-two times per week, in addition to our weekly shows. In addition, we do have some free ski opportunities throughout the summer. If you are willing, you will get wet several times each practice you attend. We emphasize that you will get out of the team what you put into it.
No. The club has four boats and at least two of them will be available for most practices.
You need a swimsuit and a life vest (wetsuits are optional)
We practice and have shows in cool, windy weather as well as hot and sunny. In addition to wetsuits, another option for warmth is a heater shirt, which is typically a .5 mm or 2 mm shirt designed for warmth.
For older boys, or anyone interested in jumping, purchasing a jump suit is an alternative to a wetsuit. Female skiers tend to wear shorts and/or leggings over their swimsuits during practice. Most skiers own their own show ski life vest (not USCG certified).
Male skiers in the main show tend to wear a jump suit which serves as flotation (not USCG certified). For the development team, younger boys wear regular life vests.
The team provides skis, ropes and boats. We provide some specialty equipment for learning purposes (wakeboards, trick skis, jumpers, swivel ski), but when someone wants to improve at these skills, they should purchase this equipment on their own.
All ages are welcome. We have a Jr. Team that is designed to train those 16 and under and a Development team that is designed to work with our older teens/adults that are new to show skiing. However, if you are under the age of 13, a parent is required to be involved (see Jr. Team FAQ). You are never too old to join – we welcome experience and wisdom.
There is no skill requirement to join the team. The majority of the members learn almost everything once they join.
Junior Team FAQs
Because our Jr. members are our youngest and smallest assets, they are unable to help with a lot of the work involved in putting on a ski show and practices. Therefore, we look to their parents to help with some of the tasks that are required to put on our shows and practices. The Jr. Team is also responsible for putting together and organizing one fundraiser each year. In the past, this has been volunteering to work a shift at our Culver’s fundraiser.
This year we are working towards having more junior involvement in the weekly main show. There will be many opportunities for stage acts where we need young enthusiasm. Beyond that we are also looking to add more junior skiers to the big show in various ways.
We are always looking for help with fundraisers, getting ads for our program, distributing our posters, and any of the behind-the-scenes jobs listed above. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering your time. Donations are accepted at any time here.
First and foremost, remember it is your job to keep your eye on your child. This includes ensuring safety on and off the water. Coaches are focused on ski instruction and helping the flow of the show/practice. Join other parents along the shore and get to know the team (bring a lawn chair)…we have so many great families! We are always looking for additional help as well…reach out if you are willing to assist with the many tasks it takes to put together a ski show. From rolling ropes, boat riding/driving, concessions stand and more…there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved! We also love parent skiers, so consider joining the team as well…we’ll teach you! Please note, unless you are a team member and insured through USA Waterski, we need to ask you to remain off the dock.
Yes. As long as there is a parent there who is responsible for watching your child, you need not be present, but please let the coaches know so they are aware you are not “dropping-and-dashing”.
You need to stay off the dock and let the coaches do their job. You can help out by encouraging your child and making sure they are helping. If you are willing to help out, please let us know and we will utilize you where we can.
There are many kids on our Jr. Development team and the coaches’ job is to get kids/acts on the water and keep things moving. They do not have the ability to watch your child while doing their job. Because they are around water, we want to make sure that someone is responsible for them. Parents are needed to assure their children show responsible behavior around the docks and boats. In addition, we believe water skiing is a family sport and we hope that the parents will get involved with the team as well.