Club Rules & Course Maintenance

Club Rules

Rotations.  Each active Utah Water Ski Club member has one rotation (or turn). You determine your position in the rotation queue by who is skiing when you pull up to the dock. Your turn to ski will be just before the next turn of the person who is skiing when you pull up to the dock. In other words, if Keith Morgan is skiing when you pull up to the dock, you will ski directly before Mr. Morgan's next turn. A rotation (or turn) is six passes through the slalom course, three falls, or 20 minutes whichever comes first. Stopping at the end of the slalom course to shorten the line, or for a brief rest does not count as a fall. If your boat approaches the slalom course, you have begun a pass, (you don't have to complete all 6 buoy's to have it count as a pass). The club member must be present at the course in order to use or have a guest use his/her rotation. Any guest of a Utah Water Ski Club member will ski on the member's rotation, and the club member must be in the boat when the guest skis. Club members have sole responsibility for their guests safety and actions. Once you are in the rotation order you may leave the ski area, but you must be back and ready to ski when it is your turn, or you lose your spot and you must re-enter your name as if you had just arrived for the first time. A skier may only have one turn in the rotation list. He/ she may not use another skier's rotation in order to reserve two turns in the rotation list. If you are leaving the course, you may not "leave" your next rotation to someone else. However, you may give your rotation to another member if you stay at the course.  Your guest will ski on your rotation. You must be present AND IN THE BOAT for your guest to ski on your rotation. You are responsible for the safety and actions of your guests. At no time should you give your key to anyone, including your guest.

Driving the Course.  To get used to driving the course, have your observer watch your prop wash when traveling through the sets of buoys, and tell you when the wash is in the center. Next, look for the next right-hand guide buoy. Follow it down the right edge of the boat until it disappears from sight. The point where it disappears is where you want every buoy to disappear while driving through the course. Do not make power turns in the course. When performing power turns, the rope catches buoys and tears up the course. You also send rollers down the course. When a skier falls, throttle back, and turn around at an idle before returning to your skier. Watch the rope as you turn so it does not hang up on the buoys. As a general rule you always want your boat up on plane or at a slow idle while in the course. Plowing creates large rollers. Click here for a article on how to drive like a pro.

Driving To and Around the Course Area.  Always operate your boat at a very slow idle when you are around the course. This does not necessarily mean that your boat idle is slow enough. Bumping your boat in and out of gear will produce the desired wakeless effect. If you must enter the course when it is in use, always follow the skier through at a safe distance. If you need to stop at the dock, stop in front of the dock, turn toward it, and slowly idle over to it. Never enter the course traveling in a path that is perpendicular to the length of the course. Always enter at a parallel path down the course. Click here for driving directions to course #1 by boat. Click here for driving directions to course #3 by boat. Please enter/exit course #3 from the west end as indicated on the map which saves time, it is deep enough when we are skiing course #3 if you stay on plane. If you do choose to go in and out of course #3 through the main entrance into Provo Bay PLEASE go wakeless in the yellow area if anyone is skiing course #3, coming into course #3 you will have to go wakeless since you can't tell if anyone is skiing until it is too late. The yellow area is approximately 3,000' long and will take some time so please use the west entrance if possible.

Maintenance of Club Facilities.  Maintaining club facilities is not the responsibility of one member or a group of members. It is the responsibility of all members. Please take pride in maintaining club facilities on a regular basis. It is often easier to repair and maintain first, and ski next. In addition to regular maintenance, work parties and service projects are scheduled from time to time. Club members are expected to attend these projects if at all possible.

The Docks.  Please leave the dock clean. Out of courtesy to other club members, please leave your dog in the boat or at home. Please be mindful of and courteous to other club members on the dock. There have been situations in the past where club members were offended by the actions of other club members at the dock. Its amazing what can be accomplished with simple common courtesy. Please make every attempt to make others comfortable. You are responsible for the actions of your guests! On occasion members will have their boat tied to the dock, and the member will also have a guest with a boat tied to the dock. If another member needs a spot to tie their boat to the dock, please have your guest defer his/her spot to that member. 

Courtesy.  It is obvious that courtesy to other members and their families is the basis for maintaining strong relationships among club members. Please make sure your actions and those of your guests are such that good member relationships can be maintained. Utah Water Ski Club members bring their families to use club facilities. It is absolutely critical that we maintain a family atmosphere on the docks and in the courses. Please make sure your actions and those of your guests will maintain this family atmosphere.

Keys and Cards.  Your key for the lock boxes is your key, and your key only. Please do not give your key to anyone else. Same goes for your card. If you lose your card you will need to pay $10 to the membership guy to have it replaced. 

Utah State Boating and Water Skiing Laws.  It is very important for members to obey all Utah State laws regarding boating and water skiing. USE AN OBSERVER, USE A FLAG, USE A COAST GUARD APPROVED VEST.



Course Maintenance

When you arrive at the course you should always check to make sure it is properly set up and replace any buoys and/or boat guides that are missing BEFORE YOU SKI. See below pictures and slalom course map for buoy type and magnet locations. If you are not comfortable with how to properly replace a buoy in the slalom course you should contact Tim Peterson (801) 652-0089 waterskinude@yahoo.com and have him show you how. When you leave the course make sure all buoys are in place and the course is ready to ski. Make sure the dock is clean and club equipment is put away properly and locked.
3 Ball Boat Guide with Magnet
Entrance Gate with Magnet

1 Ball Boat Guide with Magnet
Turn Ball
Boat Guide without Magnet
55 Meter Pre-gate Buoy
Anchor
*Note the 3 ball boat guide with a magnet can be yellow or green, likely going to be yellow in the future.



Course Locations.  Click here for driving directions to course #1 by boat. Click here for driving directions to course #3 by boat. Please enter/exit course #3 from the west end as indicated on the map which saves time, it is deep enough when we are skiing course #3 if you stay on plane. If you do choose to go in and out of course #3 through the main entrance into Provo Bay PLEASE go wakeless in the yellow area if anyone is skiing course #3, coming into course #3 you will have to go wakeless since you can't tell if anyone is skiing until it is too late. The yellow area is approximately 3,000' long and will take some time so please use the west entrance if possible.

Click here for directions how to drive to course #1 by car.


Maintenance Checklist
GPS numbers for course and dock locations.
Combo 4387

Instant Marine - Dock parts for the clubs series 500 aluminum dock.

Course Supplies

Magnets (slalom One-X): www.skiertoskier.com/ (877) 603-8277
Blue Pro-FlexRope (5/16”), hooks (AHB 5-100), fasteners (TC 5-100): www.proflexmfg.com/ (800) 635-8021
Hooks: www.skiertoskier.com/
Rope floats (3" x 5") The Lifegurad Store (800) 846-7052 www.thelifeguardstore.com/
Bullets (6” x 14”): Spongexcorp.com (866) 782-7749 or www.reddenmarine.com
Turn Buoys (Polyform brand): Polyformus.com (800) 423-0664 or www.skiertoskier.com/
Carmanah 502 Marine Lantern, Amber, Flash Code 055 www.carmanah.com/Marine/Products/502.aspx
SL15 Compact 1-2nm+ Solar Marine Light www.premiermaterials.com/ (800) 262-2275
Insta-Slalom: www.insta-slalom.com/ (800) 723-4453
EZ-Slalom:  http://ez-slalom.com/price_list.html (800) 216-4461
Vertical post bumpers & Dicks from Instant Marine Docks,  www.instantmarinedocks.com
Wire rope thimbles, do a google search.

Total cost for one complete slalom course is $584, does not include the anchors.

Magnets (8): $20 each for a total of $160.
Blue Pro-FlexRope (130'): $1 a foot for a total of $130.
Hooks (52): $1 each for a total of $52.
Boat guides (16): $12 each for a total of $192.
Turn buoys/gates (10): $5 each for a total of $50.
Cost of one complete turn buoy/gate: $12.
Cost of one complete boat guide buoy: $19