In the international sporting arena the UK excels at the sport of
waterskiing. In 2010 British water-skiers won 106 world and European
In the 1950’s one of the first centres for waterskiing in the UK opened
at Ruislip Lido. The Ruislip and Rickmansworth clubs were affiliated and
in the 1960’s the British team would train at both the Lido and
Batchworth Lake during the summer months and then exclusively at
Batchworth during the winter when the Lido was closed to boating.
David Nations OBE
"father of British
Waterskiing" was one of the founders of Rickmansworth Water ski Club.
He was also the instigator of the British Water Ski Federation.
In 1967 David & Elaine Nations welcomed Lord and Lady Wakefiled to
Rickmansworth Water SKi Club for the 4th
Winter Water Ski
which was attended by some 4,000 spectators.
Overall winner was double gold medalist and world champion Jeannette
Stewart-Wood. (Press coverage
Rickmansworth hosted the Water Ski Championships again in
. It was competition time again when Rickmansworth hosted
Wheelers Winter Tournament
on 16 March 1969.
Our thanks go to Mike Allington for his contributions to our archive.
The tradition of waterskiing at Batchworth Lake has continued to this
Rickmansworth Water Ski Club is a non profit making organisation and is
run entirely by the members for the members. Day to day administration
is delegated to a Committee. However, all members are expected to muck
in and help out where possible and once or twice a year, members may be
asked to attend a work party to complete a specific project. All this
helps to keep our running costs down to a minimum.
All our boat drivers are experienced members and are qualified to the
standards required by British Water Ski (the sport's governing body).
We also comply with British Water Ski's policy on Child Protection and,
as part of that program, all our drivers and coaches are checked in the
appropriate manner. For further information on our Child Protection
policy, visit the British