Frequently Asked School Questions
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1) Package and Lesson Cost Questions:
1.1 Do your prices include the use of a life vest and a wet suit?
1.2 Do your prices include equipment like waterskis or wakeboards?
1.3 Does the price include insurance? If not, what would these costs be?
1.4 We are interested in your "4 Lesson Overnighter", does the cost include accommodations or do we need to arrange our own?

 

 
 
2) Booking and Registration Form Questions:
2.1 Do you rent ski boats?
2.2 Do you require a deposit?
2.3 Do we need advanced booking?
2.4 Can we just hire a coach to come out in our boat with us?
2.5 Should my 50% deposit be based on including the tax or does it matter?
2.6 I understand that your camps sold out last year how can we avoid missing out?
2.7 How much advanced notice do you need for pickups from Kamloops and how much is it?
2.8 I just faxed a registration form with deposit payment details on it, how do I know there is space reserved for me?
2.9 I am writing you from Singapore and I am about to fax you my registration form, what forms of payment do you accept?
2.10 I have been enjoying the sport for many years and thought it was time I get some formal instruction. How do I know if I am a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced skier or boarder?
2.11 My 16 year old son is very interested in attending. Late last summer we purchased our first boat. He has had very little experience wakeboarding. Would he have to take the "Learn To" package before attending a camp?

 

3) What To Expect Questions:

3.1 Will the other members of the group be in the boat at the same time?
3.2 What meals and accommodations are included with the 5-day live-in camp package?
3.3 We would like to book 30 lessons for our family of 5, are lessons based on each time a person is in the water?
3.4 We are both slalom skiers and hope to come up in late May or early June, to take advantage of your shoulder season rates. Will your slalom course be in place and passable?
3.5 I would like to enroll my two children in one of your "5 Day Camps". My son, age 16, wants to improve his wakeboarding skills; he is strong, can jump high, grab his board and do 180's. He is looking to expand his portfolio of tricks. My daughter, age 12-3/4, wants to improve her water skiing. She can get up easily on one ski and skis aggressively, but needs to fine tune her skills: more lean on turns, maybe even some competition ..... are your camps suitable for my kids?

 

4) Miscellaneous Topics Questions:
4.1 Some friends of ours from Seattle told us how beautiful it is up there and how much fun they had at the school. We would like to come up for a week and wonder how long it takes and whether we should fly or drive up?
4.2 We discovered your school at the end of our vacation in '99 and wished we'd found you sooner because our kids were learning and having so much fun. We'll be there the last two weeks of August again this year with two kids who can't wait to come back, what do you suggest?
4.3 I will be running camps this summer out of a Vancouver community centre for kids in grades 4-7. We include a 3 to 4 day camping trip and the kids would love to water ski, so I'm wondering if you had anything geared toward a group of about 12 kids and two staff (we want to ski too)?

 

1) Package and Lesson Cost Answers:

1.1) Do your prices include the use of a life vest and a wet suit?
There is no additional charge for vests, wetsuits or drysuits. Just request a suit and note your height and weight on your registration form so we will know which size is required.
 
1.2) Do your prices include equipment like waterskis or wakeboards?
Yes, the school has skis, boards and bindings to fits all sizes and abilities and there is no additional charge for using them. We do encourage students to bring their own skis and boards if they have them, so we can see how they ride what they're accustomed to using. However if a student is planning to purchase new equipment from the marina?s pro shop while they?re here there is no point in bringing old gear along. Please note the desire to try out new products on your registration form, along with weight, shoe size and any specific product you would like to try.
1.3) Does the price include insurance? If not, what would these costs be?
There are no additional insurance charges. We have full liability coverage through a ski school and club insurance program offered through Water Ski Canada.
1.4) We are interested in your "4 Lesson Overnighter", does the cost include accommodations or do we need to arrange our own?
Yes, the "4 Lesson Overnight Stay" includes accommodations in our dorm style, guest room, along with dinner and a self serve breakfast. We suggest you try to get here by mid-afternoon so we can get a couple of the lessons in before dinner. We'll have the other two lessons the next morning and you can plan to be on your way by noon. Unless, of course, you're having too much fun and decide you'd like to stay longer.

 

2) Booking and Registration Form Answers:

2.1) Do you rent ski boats?
As a waterski and wakeboard school we only send our competition tow boats out with a coach/driver. If you have a group of 3 or more, eager to learn, this is a great way to go. These "Charters", as we call them, allow everyone in the boat to listen in on what we're teaching and learn both while in the boat as well as behind it. Our Charter rates are listed under "Lesson Packages" and include all the equipment required and insurance, PST and GST are extra.
Captain's Village Marina, where we are based, rent ski boats by the week, day and half day. The marina can be reached by phone at (250) 955-2424 or by e-mail at captains@ocis.mail.net
2.2) Do you require a deposit?
We do require a minimum 50% deposit to reserve space, by Visa, MasterCard or cheque, money order or bank draft drawn on a recognised Canadian financial institution.
2.3) Do we need advanced booking for your 4 Lesson Overnight Stay?
Yes, we require advanced booking when accommodations are involved. We also recommend advance booking for anyone coming to school to avoid the disappointment of arriving without a reservation and finding we're all booked up.
2.4) Can we just hire a coach to come out in our boat with us?
Sorry but due to insurance liability and some other practical reasons we are not able to use your boat. You'll love our Nautiques and Tiges though, as they're fantastic skiing and boarding boats.
2.5) Should my 50% deposit be based on including the tax or does it matter?
Is doesn't matter, 50% of either amount or payment in full will hold space for you.
2.6) I understand that your camps sold out last year how can we avoid missing out?
Our 5-day camps did sell out last year so we?ve added three more for the 2000 season. To avoid missing out, be sure you complete a registration form and send it to us, along with a deposit, as quick as you can. You can also register on-line and put instructions in the comments box to call you immediately to make deposit arrangements. Unfortunately we will not confirm space until a deposit has been received.
2.7) How much advanced notice do you need for pickups from Kamloops and how much is it?
We charge camp or extended stay students $60 round trip (pick up and drop off) for pick-ups from Kamloops, the Kamloops airport or Salmon Arm. The fee is per vehicle of up to four people and gear. For pick-ups from the Chase or Sorrento bus depots we charge a $30 round trip fee. We ask that you advise us of your arrival and departure details as soon as you confirm your reservations with Greyhound or the airlines, preferably at least two weeks in advance.
2.8) I just faxed a registration form with deposit payment details on it, how do I know there is space reserved for me?
If you have an e-mail address on your Registration Form we will e-mail you to let you know we've received the form and deposit. Within a week or two we will mail you a written confirmation with your reservation number and our "Preparing for Camp" information. Then you'll be all set.
2.9) I am writing you from Singapore and I am about to fax you my registration form, what forms of payment do you accept?
Deposits will be accepted by Visa or MasterCard. We will also accept recognized Canadian financial institution cheques, money orders or bank drafts.
Balance of payment, which is due upon arrival at the school, is accepted by Interac, Visa, MasterCard, or by cash, money order or bank draft drawn on a recognized Canadian financial institution.
2.10) I have been enjoying the sport for many years and thought it was time I get some formal instruction. How do I know if I am a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced skier or boarder?
It's best not to worry about categorizing yourself, just provide a brief description of your typical skiing or boarding on your registration form. For example, with skiing tell us what speed you ski at and how confidently or aggressively you ski at that speed. If you ski in a slalom course describe your typical buoy, speed, and line length performance. If you are a wakeboarder or trick skier list some of the tricks you already do, and which new tricks you would like to learn. If you are just cutting back and forth or hopping the wakes, note that as well. A brief description like this on your registration form will give us a good idea of how to help you move to the next level.
2.11) My 16 year old son is very interested in attending a 5-day camp. Late last summer we purchased our first boat. He has had very little experience wakeboarding. Would he have to take the "Learn To" package before attending a camp?
We do not require camp students to take a "Learn To" package, the way we do with drop-in students. Some students choose to do this as a confidence builder, before getting in with a group of other kids. If your son is at all worried about how he'll fit in, then it's good to get together before hand. If he's already spent time with our staff he's bound to feel more at home when the camp starts. We can do this any time from the May long weekend on, whether through extra lessons or by him just riding in the boat while we're teaching other students.

 

3) What To Expect Answers:

3.1) Will the other members of the group be in the boat at the same time?
We will usually have groups totaling four to eight people in the boat, depending on what discipline (skiing, boarding, footing, etc.) is being taught. Whenever we have multiple boats on the go with a group over a few days we try to juggle people around a bit so that everyone gets a chance to see everyone else on the water. If we have a large group coming for a shorter time period, we are likely to break things up into shifts of a couple of hours on the water at a time.
3.2) What meals and accommodations are included with the 5-day live-in camp package?
Our 5-day, live-in camps include room and board at a nearby bed and breakfast, with dorm style rooms. This covers room, from Sunday night through Thursday night, and meals from breakfast Monday through lunch Friday. We often make additional accommodation arrangements for our international students who may not have the flexibility to come and go at exactly those times and need to stay an extra night or two. Those accommodation costs are described on the web site under accommodations.
3.3) We would like to book 30 lessons for our family of 5, are lessons based on each time a person is in the water?
Yes, each time a person skis, boards or foots, it?s considered a lesson. Each lesson will be 15 to 20 minutes in length. To some folks this sounds like an eternity on the water, while to others it seems a bit brief. We've found that this is an optimum time period for mind and body to be working at things before a rest is in order. During a lesson students are usually given two to eight rests in the water, during which time we will chat and provide education and inspiration in appropriate amounts. The number of these rests (drops, as we call them) varies a lot depending on what we're working on. Oh yeah, we make frequent attempts at humour while on the water and we're pleased to say there is no additional Entertainment Tax applied. Sure hope the taxman doesn't read this, or next thing you know, there will be.
3.4) We are both slalom skiers and hope to come up in late May or early June, to take advantage of your shoulder season rates. Will the course be in place and passable?
Yes, we usually put the course in just before the school opens for the season in mid-May.
3.5) I would like to enroll my two children in one of your "5 Day Camps". My son, age 16, wants to improve his wakeboarding skills; he is strong, can jump high, grab his board and do 180's. He is looking to expand his portfolio of tricks. My daughter, age 12-3/4, wants to improve her water skiing. She can get up easily on one ski and skis aggressively, but needs to fine tune skills: more lean on turns, maybe even some competition ...are your camps suitable for my kids?
Yes, our camps are well suited to your children's needs. Although we do things in a group setting each lesson is dedicated to the needs of the individual student. This allows us to cater to, and students to see, a wide range of abilities. For instance, since your daughter is working on slalom we would have her with other slalom skiers, watching and listening to what we are teaching them. The same would apply with your son and other wakeboarders. We do our best to make sure the kids get to see the coaching staff train as well. This not only seems to be a crowd pleaser, but also gives students the chance to see and learn from watching more advanced athletes in action.

 

4) Miscellaneous Topics Answers:

4.1) Some friends of ours from Seattle told us how beautiful it is up there and how much fun they had at the school. We would like to come up for a week and wonder how long it takes and whether we should fly or drive up?
As far as finding your way here, we are about a four hour drive from the Sumas border crossing. The crossing is about two hours north of Seattle, take the Guide Meridian exit off I5 in Bellingham and there are signs for the Sumas crossing along the way. After crossing the border take Highway #1 east to Hope, then Highway #5 north (also called the Coquihalla highway) to Kamloops. Our "How To Get There" page provides maps and detailed directions from Kamloops. You can also fly SeaTac to Vancouver and then Vancouver to Kamloops each flight is just under an hour and we're just over an hour drive from the Kamloops airport, where we can pick you up.
If you're coming up for a week we suggest driving, as it's a beautiful drive through the mountains, and with lots of other things to do in our area, you'll be glad to have a car at your disposal. If you have any energy left after we're done on the water.
4.2) We discovered your school at the end of our vacation in '99 and wished we'd found you sooner because our kids were learning and having so much fun. We'll be there the last two weeks of August again this year with two kids who can't wait to come back, what do you suggest?
We suggest you register the kids for at least a "10 Lesson Skill Developer" to be shared between them and, if time and budget permit, you could even book one for each of them. The great thing about this package is that it can be spread out over the time you're here. We'll make sure they have a couple lessons each right when you arrive to help avoid starting any bad habits, refresh them on what we were doing last year and then give some new things to work on. Then they can practice behind your boat for a day or two before coming back for their next lessons and repeat the cycle of lessons with us and practice with you.
If the family does much boating around home before you come out our way for vacation, you might consider coming up to see us earlier if there is any way you can. If the kids could get here in late June or early July for a couple of days they can be practicing what we work on, between then and when you come back in August. This way they'll probably pick up twice as many new moves in the course of the summer.
4.3) I will be running camps this summer out of a Vancouver community centre for kids in grades 4-7. We include a 3 to 4 day camping trip and the kids would love to water ski, so I'm wondering if you had anything geared toward a group of about 12 kids and two staff? (We want to ski too.)
We can easily handle groups of that size and give each of the kids one to three lessons each day, and there are lots of other activities to do in our area as well. Timing is likely to be the only restraint, because we run a number of 5-day camps during the summer it might be difficult to handle an extra 12 to 14 people if our camps are full. We can solve this concern by confirming your dates right away and by working around any of our camps which are filled up. For your camping needs, the Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is just a few minutes away and I believe they offer group programs for camp sites. There phone number is listed on our web site under accommodations.