Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada sanction towed watersports events, as well as clinics, practices and exhibitions.

    The term “sanction” refers to the approval of a towed water sports event, which means the following:

    1. The event has been carefully reviewed by WSWC and the applicable sports discipline staff.
    2. The required standards, officials and safety requirements have been met.
    3. Proper insurance coverage provided by WSWC, including general liability and athlete excess medical, is in place.
    4. All participants will be active members of WSWC as applicable to the event sanction classification.
    5. The appropriate post-tournament paperwork will be completed following the event.


    An affordable, comprehensive insurance program to protect the event organizer, volunteers and participants. Access to trained Canadian Towed Water Sports officials who are trained to ensure that each event is safe and fair for the competitors. Participants will recognize that the event meets the required standards for the event classification and will be conducted in a safe and fair environment.


    There are five levels of tournaments within Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s (WSWC) classification system.

    Class F Recreational

    This level of tournament or water ski activity is specifically designed for recreation and fun. The tournament or activity can take any form and use any rules, requiring no formal WSWC sanction. Suggested guidelines for Recreational water ski activities are available in other WSWC publications.

    Class F Novice

    This level of tournament is designed for beginning competitive skiers. Wide variations from the rules set forth here are permitted. WSWC sanction is not required. Results from Novice tournaments are not eligible for entry qualification to other classes of WSWC tournaments. Guidelines for Novice tournaments are available in other WSWC publications.

    Class 1 Sanctioned

    This level of tournament is designed for competitive skiers. WSWC sanction is required. Results from Class I tournaments are eligible for entry qualification to the Eastern Canadian, Western Canadian, Atlantic Canadian and Canadian National Championships. The rules set forth here govern Class I tournaments with special rules exceptions outlined in Appendix I. Sanction policies for Class I tournaments are included as Appendix VIII.

    Canadian Record Capability & World Ranking List

    This level of tournament is designed for advanced competitors. Special WSWC record capability sanction is required. The rules set forth here, in addition to the record capability policies included as Appendix II, govern CRC tournaments. Results from WRL tournaments are eligible for consideration for the IWWF World Ranking List.

    World Record Capability

    This level of tournament is designed for international level competitors. Results from WRC tournaments are eligible for consideration as IWWF World and Region records. Special WSWC record capability sanction is required. WRC tournaments are governed by the rules set forth here, the record capability policies outlined in Appendix II, and the additional WRC rules contained at the end of Appendix II.

    Tournament classifications can be combined.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact



    As the National governing body, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada have the responsibility for the sanctioning of towed watersport events/competitions in Canada. The purposes and benefits of sanctioning, as outlined below, are of value to the participant, event organizer, sponsors, facility/venue owners and the viewing public.

    Sanctioning events supports the goal of staging quality events and helps to support the development of programs and services in towed watersports throughout Canada


    Sanctions must be applied for through the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s Head Office by way of an electronic application form available HERE. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

    Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s Head Office will review all sanction applications. Should any required documentation be missing the applicant will be contacted to provide additional documentation. Missing documentation must be provided to the Head Office within a reasonable period; failure to do so may result in an automatic rejection of the sanctioning request. A request may also be rejected if a competition/event organizer has failed to submit required reports from a previous competition/event. The Head Office has a responsibility to ensure that all technical requirements of a sanction are being met. Should the administrative review identify any inconsistencies with the technical guidelines, the sanction application is to be referred to the Technical Committee for further review prior to the sanction being issued.






    To apply for a sanction, simply login to your Water Sports Connect Club or School account HERE

    *Please note that in order to apply for a sanction, your club/school must have an active membership.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact



    Water Ski Canada, a Council of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada (WSWC), operates this policy under the Sanction Program and administration of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada.

    For Water Ski Canada’s NEW sanction policy, CLICK HERE



    Score Setup: CLICK HERE

    WSWC Results Format: CLICK HERE

    Tournament Electronic Scoring: CLICK HERE




    When hosting an event that is sanctioned, as an IWWF World Ranking List or World Record Capability, there are some special reporting steps that must be followed to ensure the results for your participating athletes are properly submitted and accepted by IWWF.

    This is in addition to what is required for submitting the results to WSWC. These steps are very important; the athletes are counting on this to be done. Both the event Scorer/Calculator and the Technical Controller have these special responsibilities.

    Technical Controller/Homologator: The TC must complete an IWWF Homologation file. A copy may be obtained from the IWWF website CLICK HERE

    On event completion, the first special requirement is that this file must be promptly uploaded to IWWF, but no later than 30 days after the event. This file will contain a summary of the technical details of the event that were checked and recorded UPLOAD HERE

    Scorer: The scorer must obtain and record the birth year for each athlete. The jump speeds and ramp heights must be recorded for each athlete. The site code must be recorded for the location of the event. When the event scoring is completed, the scoring program (Skiscore) produces several files and all must be promptly sent to These will include the scorebook, ranking data and slalom and jump timing data.



    CLICK HERE for more information

    Tournaments may apply to become an IWWF “Elite Tournament” based on the following requirements and criteria:

    1. All Elite Tournaments must be sanctioned by their IWWF affiliated National Governing Body, and approved by their Regional Federation (if applicable, such as E&A).

    2. The IWWF Open World Championships shall automatically be deemed approved as an Elite Tournament.

    3. All other tournaments seeking to be designated as an IWWF Elite Tournament must apply to the IWWF Tournament Council Chairman. The application must address the following criteria:

    1. Some or all of the events of the tournament may be applied for, or approved, for Elite Tournament status.

    2. The purse must be not less than US$12,000 for each men’s event, and US$9,000 for each women’s event. Consideration may be given to “introductory” EliteTournament tournaments with a reduced purse.

    3. The entry criteria must be performance-based (without other non-performance based entry criteria), such that the highest world ranked skiers are invited to attend. Entry to an Elite Tournaments must be open to athletes based solely on athletic performances, such as the IWWF Ranking List, dynamic ranking list, the Elite ranking list, winning or placement at other, qualifying tournaments, etc. While the tournament sponsor may determine the number of athletes who will be able to participate in the event (but not less than 8 men and 6 women per elite event), the criteria should be solely based on these athletic performances and should not be based on other non-performance based criteria. Any openings shall be filled by inviting the next highest ranked skier (under the applicable qualifying criteria) who is not yet invited. The preferred criteria is the Elite qualifying List as published by the IWWF. In addition to inviting ranked skiers per thisprocedure, the tournament organizer may invite not more than 2 “wild card”skiers per event to participate in the elite events. An organizer may propose an alternate selection method based on historical precident that must be approved. However, it must be based on athletic performance and/or tournament placement.

    E. The officials (judges, scorers, drivers, and homologator) for all Elite Tournaments must be submitted for review and approval. Elite Tournament officials must have qualifications and experience which are appropriate for the event.



    4. The IWWF Tournament Council Chairman may consider other applicable criteria, such as scheduling conflicts, prior Elite Tournament experience, and any other relevant factors in considering an application.

    5. All applications should be submitted to the IWWF Tournament Council Chairman for approval. The IWWF Tournament Council Chairman may consult the full Tournament Council when deemed appropriate for approval/denial status.

    6. Approval as an Elite Tournament (except for the Open World Championships) is not automatic, and the decision to approve any Elite Tournament application is within the discretion and judgment of the IWWF Tournament Council.




    Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s Office:


    Phone: 613 526 0685 X 100