SKI BOAT DRIVER / ICC COURSES
Ski Boat Driver
Award & International Certificate of Competence
Waterski & Wakeboard
Scotland in partnership with British Water Ski & Wakeboard aims to improve the
standard of ski boat driving in the absence of any legislation or licensing
system in the UK.
In many parts of Europe
a boat driver's licence is mandatory but not in the UK. Our aim is to offer
our own training and awards in order to bridge this gap and offer our members a
qualification which demonstrates a particular level of competence. Note that
the SBD series of driving awards are not simply about driving a boat however
they are about driving a boat
towing a skier or rider. We offer two tiers of award as proof of your boat
handling and towing skills - the Ski Boat Driver Level 2 (SBD2) and the Ski Boat
Driver Level 3 Award (SBD3
Who is it for?
The Ski Boat
Driver Level 2 is designed for anyone who wishes to drive unassisted for water
skiing and/or other associated disciplines and is, for many, the starting point
on the ski boat driver pathway. It is considered the benchmark standard to drive
at clubs through the UK and a pre-requisite to becoming a licenced water ski and
wakeboard coach - anyone wishing to drive at BWSW affiliated/accredited centres
will be required to have an SBD2 as formal proof of their boat driving ability.
Some of the benefits of taking the SBD2 include the additional potential of
acquiring an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is the
international counterpart for driving in European coastal waters. Similarly, as
an SDB2 holder you will automatically qualify for discount on the BWSW Approved
Boat Insurance Scheme operated by
What is involved?
The Ski Boat
Driver Level 2 is roughly a day long programme consisting of a theoretical based
assessment (assessment of boat driving knowledge) and a practical based
assessment (assessment of boat handing skills). Prior to completing the
theoretical based assessment, candidates will attend a 2-3 hour tutoring session
designed to develop understanding of the previously studied subject matter
(candidates will need to have read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 manual and
Petre White's "Powerboating" book.
Following this, candidates will complete a 30 minute multiple choice examination
and a 20 minute multiple choice Inland Waters examination leading to the
International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The practical based assessment
consists of a 15 minute familiarisation session (to familiarise with the boat,
the site and the assessment procedure) followed by a 10 minute slow manoeuvring
skills assessment, and a 15 minute water ski/wakeboard driving assessment.
How much does it cost?
Course fees £140.00
SBD2 fee only £40.00
ICC fee only £40.00
SBD/ICC combined fee
Membership to WWS /
Student (over 18 under
N.B: This pricing
includes sufficient boat time and equipment hire to attend the course and sit
the test, any additional boat time will be charged at normal session rates.
Where can I take the
Waterski & Wakeboard Scotland, Town Loch, Townhill, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12
0HT Tel: 01383 620123 email:
What do I need before
applying for the SBD2?
applying to complete a Ski Boat Driver Level 2 all candidates must meet the
• Be a current member of WWS /BWSW
• Be aged 16 years or over
• Have some experience of driving water skiers (under supervision).
• Read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 Manual (please enquire).
• Read, and be familiar with, Peter White’s ‘Powerboating’ Book (Recommended)
can I do next?
Once qualified, Drivers may wish to develop further by undertaking the
undertaking the following:
• Ski Boat Driver Level 3 Qualification
• Introduction to Coach Award (coming soon)
• UKCC Level 2 Water Ski & Wakeboard Coaching Qualification
The scheme has
been approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which has authorised BWSW
to issue the ICC. Any holder of the SBDA is eligible for an ICC valid for
coastal European waters. For an ICC valid for European inland waters an
additional written test on European regulations must be passed.
The ICC is
internationally accepted and has been adopted by region EAME of the
International Water Ski Federation as the format for all European countries to
must be citizens of the UK or normally resident in the UK to qualify.
information Tel: 01383 620123 -- email: