ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Boat Driver

  • Inspect boat for safety.
  • Make sure the boat is fueled and oil checked before launching.
  • Discuss boat path with PWC Driver.
  • Discuss pick up procedure.
  • Check radio communications
  • Before turning ignition, call out "Clear" and wait for a response.
  • Whenever close to a person in the water shut off boat.
  • Always approach a skier from driver's side of boat (i.e., to pick up a down skier or bringing the rope to skier in water).
  • All persons are to be seated inside of boat before moving. Do not allow passengers to sit on gunnels, engine cover, or seat back.

Observer/Quick release operator

  • Operate quick release
  • Manage the ropes and handles
  • When in doubt pull the pin
  • Coach student thru signals or thru the radio helmet
  • Relay signals from skier to tow boat Driver
  • Communicate student’s progress to Shore Help for entry into Student’s progress report
  • The observer should repeat the signal back to the skier. This tells the skier that the observer has seen his signal and told the driver.

Seadoo Driver

Jumper

  • If student falls before returning to start area, Jumper will assists student with starts
  • May assist Water Starters to “catch” Student as Student returns to the start area
  • May coach or instruct Student from chase boat

Starter

  • Assist Student into water
  • Assesses Student for water safety
  • Assist Student with equipment
  • Assist Student with static balance and pre-start procedures
  • Remind Student of proper start and ski position and use of communication signals
  • Assist Student with Start Process
  • “Catch” Student upon return to the start area
  • Assist Student out of water
  • Return all equipment to set up area

Skier

  • Assist the participant to maintain balance

Equipment manager

  • Assesses student
  • Orientates student to various equipment options
  • Fits student in appropriate equipment, PFD, communication helmet, wet suit
  • Make sure the cage / outriggers are well secured to the board.
  • Make sure the fitting is snug ( hips and knees ) but not to tight
  • Extreme caution should be taken to insure that no part of the skier's posterior comes in contact with the metal supports of the cage!
  • At least two-fingers space must be maintained between the skier and the frame.
  • Instruct student with proper start and ski positions
  • Review communication signals and test the communication helmet.
  • Assist student to water
  • Updates student’s progress notes with assessment info and equipment set up
  • Assist student out of water
  • Assist student with removal of PFD/wet suit
  • Communicate with tow boat personnel for lesson update
  • Completes student’s progress notes
  • Inform Dock Master of availability for next student

Administration

Photograph

  • Captures the smiles of participants and volunteers!