Ski Boat Driver Level 2

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 licensed 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 being issued with 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 receive a discount on our Approved Boat Insurance Scheme operated by GJW Direct.

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 read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 manual and Peter 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.  For the course manual please visit BWSW Driving Page.

How much does it cost?

The cost for an SBD Level 2 would be £200

What do I need before applying for the SBD2?

Before applying to complete a Ski Boat Driver Level 2 all candidates must meet the following pre-requisites:        
• Be a current member of British Water Ski and Wakeboard 
• Be aged 16 years or over 
• Have some experience of driving water skiers (under supervision). 
• Read, and be familiar with, the SBD2 Manual (see related documents below) 
• Read, and be familiar with, Peter White’s ‘Power boating’  Book (Recommended)   

What can I do next?  

Once qualified, Drivers may wish to develop further by undertaking the undertaking the following:
• Ski Boat Driver Level 3 Qualification 
• BWSW Introduction to Coach Award (coming soon) 
• UKCC Level 2 Water Ski & Wakeboard Coaching Qualification

Information on Waterski or Wakeboard Boats?

If you wish to speak to someone about trying a Waterski or Wakeboard Boat contact Brian or Anna at Progression Boats, you can find there link on the navigation bar below.


Contact us

Reading lake Hotel, Pingewood, Reading, RG30 3UN

Telephone numbers
Chris: 07894 153395


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Opening times

We operate full time from 1st April to 31st October, please contact us for more specific dates as these can change with the year. We run a full booking system 7 days a week, sessions can be booked online or via the phone.

We are open Wednesdays & Weekends 1st November to 31st March.


Review By Sharon Dawes

Had a few sets with Chris now and I think he is a great coach!! His instruction is easy to understand, I am really enjoying my time at the lake this season.


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Pingewood, Reading, RG30 3UN

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