FAQ's


1.  How much is a run? 
2.  How much is membership?
3.  Can I pay by debit or credit card?
    • Runs rates must be paid for on the day in cash  - correct change please.
    • Membership fees may be paid by online bank transfer to the Club bank account - please include your name as Reference.
4.  How do I join the Club?
    • Come along to the Club and collect a Membership Form. Complete the details on the form and return it to the Treasure with the membership fee, or pay the membership fee by online bank transfer - please include your name as Reference.
5.  What is the maximum age of a junior?
    • According to the rules of British Water Ski & Wakeboard, a junior is aged up to and including 18 years of age.
6.  What is the youngest age that a child can start?
    • It really depends on the child. He/she must be confident in (cold) water, strong enough to hold on, not be scared by the noise of the boat or the splash of the water, and be able to take instruction when there is a lot of things happening around them. Though very young children are able to ski we think 9 or 10 years old is probably about the right time to start.
7.  What is the duration of a run?
    • A slalom skier gets 8 passes on the slalom course.
    • A run of free skiing or wake boarding is officially 10 minutes minimum. This may creep to 15 minutes maximum depending on how many times you fall in and where you are on/in the water at the time.
8. Can the duration of a run be extended?
    • No, but you can have another run if it is not too busy - see FAQ-9.
9. Can I have more than 1 run per visit to the Club?
    • Yes. We have a run list. You turn up and put your name on the run list and wait for your turn. When you have taken your turn you may put your name back on the list for another run. If it is not too busy you could have several runs in a day.
10. As a member will I have priority over visitors on the run list?
    • Yes. It's too difficult to describe how this works but basically members will alternate with visitors. It is one of the benefits of being a member.
11. Is there any limit to how many times I can ski/wakeboard as a visitor?
    • Yes. We are primarily a Club and as such we are keen to increase our membership. So after 3 runs as a visitor we would like you to become a member and enjoy the benefits.
12. If I fall off can I get back up and carry on or is that the end of my run?
    • The duration of a run is based on time, not the number of times you fall off.
13. Is there equipment available to use?
    • Yes. We have wetsuits, lifejackets, skis and wakeboards for you to use. Unfortunately we have limited storage so we may not have everything to fit everybody. 
14. What is the cost for hiring equipment?
    • There is no additional cost for using our equipment.
15. Can I bring my own equipment?
    • Yes. It's probably going to be better than ours.
16. What do I need to bring with me?
    • Swimwear and towel, and maybe something warm to wear afterwards, like a fleece.
17. What days can I come?
    • We have access to the water only on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings. Skiing time is subject to availability of our SBDA qualified volunteer drivers, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for when we are going to be at the club, or drop us a message.
18. How long is the season?
    • The season is from April through to October.
19. What are the opening times?
    • We have access to the water only on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings. We are primarily a Club so we have no formal opening times. Skiing time is subject to availability of our SBDA qualified volunteer drivers, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for when we are going to be at the club, or drop us a message
20. Do I have to book?
    • No. We do not operate a booking system. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for when we are going to be at the club, or drop us a message.
21. I'm a complete beginner, do you provide instruction?
    • We will provide one-to-one instruction.
22. Do you offer a course for beginners?
    • We do not offer a formal beginners course, though we will provide individual instruction.
23. Is it a cable or boat?
    • It is a Ski Nautique 200 competition boat that is equipped with Hydro-Gate, Zero Off, and a wakeboard tower. 
24. Can we ride in the boat?
    • Yes. Usually up to 2 passengers can ride in the boat to watch the skiers/wakeboarders. However this is entirely at the discretion of the driver.
25. Are all your boat drivers qualified?
    • Yes. All our drivers are qualified with the British Water Ski & Wakeboard Ski Boat Drivers Award (SBDA).
26. Can I bring/launch my own power boat / jet ski / canoe / kayak / dinghy / bath tub?
    • Permission to use the loch for any other purpose would have to be sought from the owners of the loch - Aboyne Loch Caravan Park.
27. Are there any fish in the water?
    • Yes, but not big enough to eat anybody.
28. Is it OK to leave my child with you to ski/wakeboard while I go away and do something else?
    • No.
29. What is the address and post code?
30. Can I park in the Lodge-on-the-Loch car park?
    • Please do not park in the Lodge-on-the-Loch car park.
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