About Us

The Waterski Academy is the brain child of Nick McGarry, a former British Team Member, BWSW Director of Excellence, an International Senior Judge and a long standing BWSW Senior Coach. It is a Voluntary, Social Enterprise with Community Interest Company status. Its aims are to improve and develop people’s Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social wellbeing via the wonderful outdoor pursuit that is Water Skiing. It also achieves this by encouraging people to be part of the organisation and its daily activities on a voluntary basis.

Entering into our fifth season we have built a family orientated waterski facility to be enjoyed by all. We promote the sport and provide a facility which is safe and accessible to all. We have created a centre of excellence but also encourage community participation. We have brought affordable water skiing back to Cowm Reservoir but operate to professional commercial standards.

As well as its Members and casual users the centre is once again attracting organised groups, schools and colleges, youth groups and charitable organisations.

We train and teach current and future British Team Members, disabled and able bodied, toddlers and grandparents and everybody in between. We are fully accessible, inclusive and open to all. We run a subsidised “Schools Program” with all our local Schools, introducing kids to The BWSW "Cutting Edge" Program and are getting the “more mature” amongst us active again via their partially funded “On the Edge” program.

As a club we have benefitted greatly from our BWSW affiliation and value the information and resources we have access to. It has always been central to our ethos to support the Governing Body and any profit we make is ploughed back into sport. Last year we support the Tournament 200 club (funding British Team Travel), Invested in "Splash Eye" (competition software) for The North West Region and raised money for The British U17 teams trip to The Worlds in Chile.

We have become a valuable learning resource for the sport and run regular training courses in First Aid, Safe Guarding, BWSW Coaching and Driving Qualifications, and this year will be adding Emergency Procedures and Health and Safety training, specific to our sport, to the roster.

To build a successful waterski facility you need good people to create an encouraging atmosphere and good facilities but you also need good equipment. That is why from day one we have worked very closely with the Malibu Boat Company to ensure that there are always reliable, well maintained, top quality boats on the water. We have built up a stock of equipment to be proud of, drysuits, wetsuits, impact jackets and shorts, Bluetooth helmets, booms, towers, every ski/board or training aid imaginable, we have invested in it and the usage is included in the cost of the lesson.

We operate a booking system and are available dawn until dusk 7 days a week all year round from our beautiful stone built Victorian reservoir keepers house. We can offer over-night accommodation on site and have also secured favourable rates for our visitors at the local BnB’s. Located in a picturesque Pennine Valley we are right in the middle of some stunning scenery. Rossendale Council is about to launch, via Visit Lancashire, “The Adrenaline Valley” campaign and we are one of their accredited attractions. Rossendale truly is a hidden gem of a Holiday Location. Apart from The Waterski Academy, there is Ski Rossendale, Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Centre, Cowm Quarry Motocross, Quad bikes, Enduro and 4x4 off road tracks and loads more to do. We literally have miles and miles of cycle tracks and hill walks with of course plenty of Country Pubs.

Just 40 minutes from Manchester Airport and 25 minutes from the City Centre with all its attractions we offer guest rates to all BWSW members and look forward to your visit soon.