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Frequently Asked Question ’s for the Ottawa Water Ski Club (formerly GWSA) - Below you will find answers to the questions we often get from curious water skiers!

Q: Does the club offer waterskiing to the general public?

A: Yes! We have two boats and two sites that we operate out of. One is on the Rideau River off of the River Road at Eccolands Park and one on a private quarry off of the Carp Road. The Eccolands site offers you a chance to ski on the river and/or a slalom course, while the Carp site has a tournament ready course that is protected from the wind. It is actually a perfect place to ski if you are a “course” skier.

Q: How does it work if I want to ski?  Can I just show up to one of your sites?

A: Our club operates on a Google Group email system. If you want to ski, join our Google group and post the site that you want to ski at, the day and the time that you want to ski, and then wait to see if others jump in. You can also just wait for others to post their intentions and jump in when you want to go. To get going, you need to contact our email administrator, and he will invite you to our Google group.  He can be reached at admin@gwsa.org.

Q: I am a recreational waterskier and want to try out your club.  How do I go about doing that?

A:  All levels of skiers are invited to come out and give us a try. We have recreational skiers come out to both of our sites however the Eccolands Park site has more variety as you can ski the river, barefoot or try a slalom course.  If you want to challenge yourself and try a slalom course in an ideal setting, our Carp site is perfect for that. Contact our administrator at admin@gwsa.org to join our Google group and get started.

Q: I do not know how to ski but would love to try.  

A:  While we are not a ski school, we have several members who have coaching experience or have been coached.  Our club has skis of various sizes, a ski rope and life jackets for adults, youth and children, all free of charge. Our boat on the Rideau River also has a boom for people starting out.

Q: I haven’t skied in years.  Is the club only for really good skiers or can anyone join?

A:  Our club is for all abilities and ages.  We have skiers who haven’t skied in years and want to get back into the sport, skiers who ski at a competitive level and others who are recreational skiers.  We even have barefooters.

Q: How much does it cost to come out and ski?

A: The club charges $40 for a guest to ski, for up to four ski/barefoot sessions.  After that time, a person wishing to continue will be required to join their local provincial association for approx. $50 (Ontario or Quebec) and also join the OWSC.  Our membership prices are posted on our website here .

Q: I will be in town on business.  Does the club offer drop-in sessions?  

A: Yes! If you are already in town, please call (613) 222-7718 and we will try and accommodate you.  If you are planning ahead, contact our email administrator at admin@gwsa.org and he will invite you to our Google Group where you can post your intentions with our club members.

Q:  My family are all experienced course skiers.  How do we join and what is the cost?

A:  You can join by going to our website here, downloading the application form and waiver,  and sending them with your fees to our Treasurer. We do have a family membership rate as well as a student rate.  You will also be required to become a member of your provincial waterski association for insurance purposes.

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