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What is USA Water Ski & Wake Sports?

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is a member of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body), the Pan American Sports Organization and the United States Olympic Committee. Affiliated with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports as sport discipline organizations are the American Water Ski Association (AWSA), American Barefoot Club (ABC), American Kneeboard Association (AKA), National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA), National Show Ski Association (NSSA), National Water Ski Racing Association (NWSRA), USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports (USA-AWSWS), United States Hydrofoil Association (USHA), and USA Wakeboard (USA-WB).

From the beginning, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has had a dual mission of promoting the growth and development of recreational water skiing, and organizing and governing the sport of competitive water skiing. The largest and most active water ski federation in the world, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has a paid staff of nine people. Headquartered in Polk City, Fla., the staff serves more than 14,000 members across the country. Nearly 80 percent of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports' members are involved in tournament competition each year; the remainder are recreational water skiers.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports programs include: water ski instructor certification; learn to ski clinics; officials’ education; junior skiers’ development; legislative assistance; safety training and information dissemination; membership development, including affiliation of state federations and local water ski clubs; public communications and media information; industry relations; and local, national and international competition ranging from novice to world-level tournaments.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports' communications program includes publication of a four-times-a-year magazine, The Water Skier, which is sent to all members and other persons with an interest in the sport; and numerous educational materials addressing all aspects of water skiing.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports trains and maintains performance records for competitive skiers and nearly 3,000 judges, drivers and scorers who officiate at sanctioned tournaments.

Approximately 630 local water ski clubs throughout the United States are affiliated with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. The clubs provide a working base in almost any locale for development of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports programs, and in addition are the local organizers for nearly all water ski competitions in the United States.