4 weeks until the Winter Meeting – Who’s Ready?

Greetings East Region! 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season with this balmy weather (close to 60 today in CT) across the east!   For those in the hills, from what I can see on various Facebook posts, there is snow on the ground and some of you are able to enjoy the white stuff!

We are 4 weeks away from our winter meeting!  I’m looking forward to some energetic discussions that will touch on (a) team events at nationals, (b) update from the AWSA Insurance Taskforce,  (c) accomplishments from 2015, and (d) a look at 2016 goals.

If you have a specific topic that you would like to see discussed, please let me know (multitasking@comcast.net).

Also if you want to put your name in the hat to officiate at Regionals and/or Nationals, please let me know as well.  This includes safety AND announcers!!!!!

Yes we will have clinic(s) on Sunday (assuming we have a minimum head count of 5).  Currently planning a Judge/Score clinic, and there is a request for a drivers clinic – I’ll work through Al Harris to determine if we can arrange an instructor.  Please contact me directly if you are interesting in officials clinics.  We have 32 judges on the downgrade list (3 needed clinics), 12 scores on the downgrade list (all due to missing tournament credits), 2 TCs that require clinics.  I didn’t receive the Driver downgrade list.

Look for details in the coming weeks about the session; in the mean time please RSVP with your attendance for the Saturday meeting to Marie Baker (billandmbaker@comcast.net).

Dates: Jan 9th (meeting) & Jan 10th (clinics)

Start Times: 9am both days

LocationEmbassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd.,  Chesterbrook, PA  19087, 610-647-6700 **call for special pricing for our event – East Region Water Ski Meeting**

Looking forward to seeing folks in January!!!

Thank you,  Tonya Maurer East Region EVP AWSA

Sister Club Seeking Support to Save their Site

Eastern Region Skiing Community – we have several situations happening in the East that warrant some attention.   First there are two sites that are working through local regulatory issues with slalom courses. This topic will be discussed during our AWSA East Region Winter meeting on Jan 8th.  Second is about a site in Massachusetts that is seeking donations to save their ‘home site’.  Please read on and contact the Holland Aqua Riders (https://www.facebook.com/AquaRidersofHolland) for more information.

The Holland Aqua Riders Water Ski Team desperately needs your donation to sustain operations propagating the sport of water skiing locally and nationally.  Without your help we will not be able to generate the $35,000 needed to purchase our home site of 163 Mashapaug Rd Holland, Massachusetts and continue providing access to a sport that is becoming increasingly rare.  Without this purchase, our access to the lake and our mission will be lost.

For over 50 years the Holland Aqua Riders have been crucial in developing and maintaining a love for water skiing despite decreasing accessibility and affordability of the sport.   Our non-profit, federally licensed 501c3 organization is one of the last ski clubs in New England able to provide instruction for all aspects of waterskiing including both a full sized water ski ramp and full tournament slalom course on a public body of water.  Through activities s Continue reading

Updates to Online Trained Driver Class

Here’s a clarification from Melanie Hanson on updates to the online Trained Driver class for new Trained Drivers.

The class has two components, a video, and the Boat US online NASBLA approved class. If the applicant has already taken a NASBLA approved class (Boat US, US Power Squadron, Coast Guard, probably others) it is only necessary to watch the video. The applicant can then send evidence of whatever class they took to Melanie as a substitute for taking the Boat US online class.

Evidently the video is first and once you have watched it, the program asks if you’ve taken a NASBLA class and allows you to skip out. You still have to pay the USAWS class fee up front.

This makes a lot of sense, especially since a lot of people have taken a NASBLA approved class already, and it makes it easier on new Trained Drivers. Win!