Club Rules

Long Reach Lake Wakeboard & Waterski Club

CLUB RULES

Club Rules

Feb 2021

Due to the latest lockdown announcements from the UK government, LRWSC is currently closed. However, this is under constant review. During 2020 were able to open by following the advice given at the time, and we hope to open in 2021 as soon as possible. We are therefore taking provisional membership applications for 2021. The new season starts 1st April

Below is a link to the latest Government advice

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Jamie, Matt, David, Jeff & Rob

LRWSC Committee

General Rules

Revised Feb 2021

    1. The club circuit is defined by the map displayed on the clubhouse noticeboard – Appendix 1. All drivers must follow a clockwise rotation if more than one boat is using the lake. If only one boat is using the lake, there is no restriction on circuit direction. Boats must keep a safe distance from the slalom course marker buoys at all times and are not permitted to pass between the 2 small islands and the bank.
    2. The club will promote the membership to a maximum of 25 boats, the limit to be decided by the Committee.
    3. All members must have valid insurance to a level of £2,000,000 third party insurance.
    4. All members and guests must be signed in before using the facility.
    5. Members bringing any guest who is 18 or over who uses the water must pay a £10 guest fee, under 18’s pay a £5 guest fee which should be paid by cheque or cash and left with a committee member or put in the box. Note that as soon as the guest enters the water then the fee is payable.
    6. Spectating from a member’s boat is not chargeable, but life jackets must be worn and club rules followed at all times while in a boat.
    7. Members, guests and pets are not allowed to swim in the lake, unless in a designated swimming area.
    8. Dogs are not permitted in the clubhouse and must remain on a lead. Owners should respect other users and not bring dogs that are noisy or aggressive.
    9. Guests are NOT allowed to drive boats (even if they hold a RYA or SBDA).
    10. Any Member wishing to drive a boat on the lake must be over the age of 16 and complete the club competency check.
    11. The Boat Owning Club Member or Syndicate Club Member must be present at all times and is responsible for the conduct of his/her guests and for the considerate use of the boat.
    12. Membership is non-transferable. It is the duty of the Club or Syndicate Members to collect their guest fees and ensure the ‘Signing-in’ book has been completed for all their members and guests.
    13. Note that your water sports club membership gives you no fishing rights.
    14. Jet Skis are not allowed at the club.
    15. LPG users must follow the specific rules for the safe operation of the LPG system.
    16. LPG is only to be used in vehicles not used on public Highways, in accordance with HMRC use.
    17. Any club member found abusing, bullying or discriminating against other club members or the general public, by verbal or written comments, including social media, will not be tolerated by Longreach Watersports Club.  They may be asked to leave the premises and have membership suspended or excluded at the discretion of the committee following a three strike process:
      1. A verbal warning, given by any committee member.
      2. A written warning, issued by the committee.
      3. Final decision on appropriate action, inclusion, suspension or exclusion from the premises and membership.
    18. Members allow the Committee of Longreach Lake to use and hold personal data such as Name, Address and contact details to aid in the administration of Longreach Lake and communicate with members. Data will be held in compliance with GDPR and further details are available on request.

Skiing/Boarding rules

  1. All drivers are to follow the clockwise rotation as defined by the map displayed on the clubhouse noticeboard if more than one boat is using the lake (See Appendix 1).
  2. All boats must carry a competent observer in addition to the driver.
  3. All boats must carry a 30cm (12”) square observation flag.
  4. Boats starting off must give way to the boats already on the circuit or in the slalom course.
  5. All users within the jetty bay must be at trolling speed ensuring no wake is caused to the other boats.
  6. Skiing/boarding must either start in deep water, or at the end of the jetty as shown on the clubhouse circuit map.
  7. Skiers dropping a ski should drop it between the start and the first corner, as near to the bank as possible.
  8. Any session must not exceed 10 minutes. If no one is visibly waiting to go out, there is no set time limit.
  9. No changing of skiers in the water. Anyone wishing to change must return to the Jetty and ensure no one else is waiting.
  10. If someone is waiting, they should make it clear by sitting or standing at end of the floating jetty. The current user must come in if they have been on the lake for more than 10 minutes.
  11. The observation flag should be raised if a skier falls. The flag must be kept raised while the boat is stationary, or manoeuvring to pick up a fallen skier, or pull in a ski rope.
  12. In the event of an emergency, the flag should be waved from side to side if assistance is required.
  13. All incoming skiers/boarders must land at the plastic floating pontoon.
  14. After the skier has been dropped at the pontoon, the boat must go immediately to the recovery area and pull in the ski-rope ASAP. If the drop off point is occupied, then the driver must make another circuit or drop the skier in a safe area where they can be recovered.

 

Maximum Boat Numbers

  1. Members by default are allowed to use the lake for solo sessions, defined as one boat on the lake at any one time.
  2. Solo sessions are restricted to 10 minutes and alternation with all other lake users. This means checking with other members that it is your turn before starting off.
  3. Only by prior agreement with other members, a maximum of up to three boats are permitted to use the lake at any one time.
  4. All drivers must follow a clockwise rotation if more than one boat is using the lake, as defined by the map displayed on the clubhouse noticeboard as described in Appendix 1.
  5. When 2 or more boats are towing at different speeds then the boat approaching the slower boat must make an early safe turn to minimise the risk of contact with skiers or boarders.
  6. Alternatively, by prior agreement with other members, drivers can agree to stay in separate areas of the lake to avoid each other. In all circumstances drivers must stay at least 50 metres apart when circulating or returning to the jetty.
  7. If a boat is towing an inflatable toy like a Ringo or Banana, the maximum number of boats allowed on the lake is reduced to TWO.

General Boat Safety

  1.  All boats must carry a safety card with the owners contact details and the club address and postcode in case of the need to contact emergency services. LRLWSC, Harrison Way, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 4YA.
  2. Boat owners must display the membership validation sticker on their boat.
  3. Boats must be operated in accordance with the British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) Ski Boat Driver Award (SBDA) manual.
  4. No boats are allowed on the water before sunrise or after sunset.
  5. All people on the water (skiing or in the boat) must wear life jackets.  There are no exceptions.
  6. No standing in boats unless the boat is stationary and you are rope handling, recovering a person, ski or water toy.
  7. No refuelling on the water.
  8. The Club expects all boat drivers not to consume alcohol to a limit beyond the legal requirement for driving a car. If anyone is suspected of contravening this rule then further action may be taken and membership could be cancelled.
  9. All boats should be fitted with a Kill Switch & Lanyard to cut the engine in case of an emergency. If fitted this must work and be used at all times.  Older boats which do not have a Kill Switch are exempt.
  10. No boat is to follow another closer than 50 metres distance.

Slalom course

    1. Do not enter the course if the last skier to enter has not cleared the exit.
    2. When a skier falls, do not turn with your rope out in the course.  Either stop, recover your rope, then recover your skier or proceed through the exit, turn right to recover your rope and go through the entrance to collect your skier.
    3. The slalom course is for slalom skiing only.  Other boats must pass either side of the course, not through it, but no closer than 3 metres to the bank.
    4. Anti-clockwise (through and back down) use of the slalom course is only permissible if no other boat is using the lake.  This must be agreed with other boat users first and this type of use must be alternated with regular users.

The Environment

  1. Members should respect the property and leave the area tidy. The site has natural beauty; do not defile it by leaving litter.
  2. Noise abatement is important. If in the opinion of any two Committee Members any boat is considered to be noisy, the noise level will need to be measured from the car park to ensure that the level is not above 70dB. Boats which fail the dB test will not be allowed on the water until satisfactory modifications have been made to reduce the noise.
  3. Do not site your barbecue so that other members suffer from your smoke.
  4. Fishermen contribute towards the existence of our skiing facilities. Respect their rights to fish and always give them ample clearance.  If there is a problem and their line is snagged by the boat or skier, apologise to the fisherman and note the problem in the club log.
  5. Members should clear the slipway as quickly as possible to allow other members to launch, recover their boats or allow skiers to finish.
  6. Parking of cars and trailers are permitted only in the Club car park. Cars are not to be parked on the sloping bank or outside the gate.
  7. Wednesdays are bookable via email for exclusive use, on payment of an additional fee set by the committee. Bookable days must be booked at least two weeks in advance. In these cases the club members will be notified by email that the lake is closed on these days.
  8. The club members may contribute their time to promote water skiing/wakeboarding at the club (i.e. training of scouts, youth groups, rotary etc.).
  9. Club members and non-members may volunteer to contribute time and effort to keep the club in a suitable state of repair. The committee will nominate work days for this.
  10. All club members should take their rubbish home, the last member leaving the club house is to check that no rubbish is left, all lights are out and should remove all plugs (except fridge), tidy up and clean the toilets and common areas. Ensure that all the clubhouse doors, barriers and gates are locked.