The Water Ski Ambassador Project / Where2WaterSki.com - (Phase 1)

HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
edited May 19 in Ambassadors
This project had a false start last year – this is a reboot.

Phase 1 of the project is identifying Ambassadors, educating them and getting their info on Where2WaterSki.com.

What is the purpose?
  • The purpose is to connect people who are curious about skiing but not involved with skiers who are involved and passionate about the sport.
Who can be an Ambassador?
  • Anyone with passion for water skiing and access to a ski site and boat.
What is the job of an Ambassador?
  • Ambassadors are asked to simply introduce new skiers to the sport. When possible they will take new skiers out to a ski site and show them what is available. At the minimum it is a very light commitment. Every Ambassador will do the job a little differently.
How to get involved
  • Go to http://where2waterski.com/
  • Click “Add Listing” from the top menu
  • Create an account or log in if you already have an account
  • You will be automatically directed to the Add Listing page – fill out this form. In the section titled “Place description” write your invitation for new skiers to contact you. Fill out the rest of the form.
  • FYI your address will NOT be public and if you need to be additionally anonymous that will be handled in a later step. Contact me personally if this is a concern [email protected]
  • Add a photo!
  • Last step - review your listing and send yourself a test email by clicking on the "Send Enquiry" link
When I create a listing should I choose to be listed as an Ambassador and a Club?
  • Most listings should be “Ambassador”. It is the Ambassador’s role to tell the new skiers about the local clubs, shops, and opportunities.
  • If you are the contact person for a club that is accepting new members then you should choose “Club” when you create your listing.
  • All types of listings are really just "points of contact" so perhaps there is no wrong answer.
Technical issues with the site?

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    edited May 16
    Want to help in other ways?
    • It will not be too long before we will be looking for a few dollars to pay some bills. This effort is not yet a real "non-profit" but I promise none of the money will go in my pocket. Go Fund me will be launched when the time is right.
    • At some point we will need some wordpress programing and some graphic art.
    • The roll out has been pretty slow because I have a lot of other things going on. I could use an intern or collaborator.

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    ALPJrvtmechengLuv2Ski
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,624 Crazy Baller
    edited May 16
    Awesome idea @Horton and all others involved!
    Luv2Ski
  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    love this idea!
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 332 Solid Baller
    This is not only awesome but a must for the sport. I was lucky enough to find guys that were willing to give me my first pull through a course. Not only did it hook me but I made good friends that I never would have met. Thank you @Horton for doing something to promote the sport instead of just talking about the problem. This may not be the end all solution but it sure is a big part of it, at least in my opinion.
    Luv2Ski
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  • DWDW Posts: 1,852 Mega Baller
    What is the definition of 'ski site'? Is it a location with a course or simply a body of water where someone can be pulled by a ski boat and learn how to ski (which hopefully leads to the course).

    Great project.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    @dw if you will take new skiers to a ski site of some sort and show them around that is good enough. Even if you are just a point of contact and direct new skiers to a ski site that is good enough. We are just trying to convert people who are curious about skiing into skiers. Ambassadors are simply a point of contact.

    I would prefer that most Ambassadors have a slalom course but that is likely setting the bar too high.

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  • dnewtondnewton Posts: 58 Baller
    Awesome stuff. As a 2 year old course skier trying to find ways to connect to other skiers recently, this is extremely encouraging to see. I have talked to 3 ski clubs just today about joining but they are all full. Which I completely understand and it is more than fair, but I just want some buddies that are all pushing each other to ski harder than the next. I almost didn’t join a club because I thought I sucked too much and no one would want to waste good water on someone new to the sport. Thank you for the cause.
    Horton
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 184 Baller
    @Horton So, a "ski site" could be a public lake? I LOVE the fact that you are including clubs in this. I could see my own local ski club joining in on this effort.
    Luv2Ski
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    @KRoundy yes yes

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    This is now visible to all BallOfSpray visitors

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  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 474 Solid Baller
    I am skiing at noon today. Newcomers welcome!
    eleeski
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  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 180 Baller
    Awesome! Thanks!
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 460 Crazy Baller
    Great idea, I'm in, added Lake of Dreams.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 460 Crazy Baller
    ..,..and as a great tie-in to AWSA, I will be requiring a one-day event membership for insurance purposes.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    edited May 20
    @skiinxs heck nobody would blame you if you required them to join for a year. I'm pretty sure @JeffSurdej would be happy if you did

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  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,255 Crazy Baller
    I'm in as a club listing. "Stillwater Lake Eminence KY"
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
    Horton
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 184 Baller
    Added in the data for the Lake Stevens Water Ski Club. Appears to all work well.
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 381 USAWS Official
    @bwreinke fantastic stuff. We need more of these across the nation
    AWSA President
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 132 Baller
    I am on a public lake and have no access to a course, but I signed up as an ambassador!!!
    eleeskiski6jonesWish6balls
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    @braindamage thank you.

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  • davehr40davehr40 Posts: 12 Baller
    Signed up both club (Lake Spokane Waterski Club) and as an ambassador
    HortonLuv2Ski
  • ShererSkierShererSkier Posts: 117 Baller
    This is cool! Defiantly signing up when I get on a desktop.
    Horton
  • pregompregom Posts: 138 Baller
    I signed up as an ambassador and a ski club.
    HortonALPJr
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 474 Solid Baller
    Is the where2waterski site up and running for guests?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    @jjackkrash not yet. We are still building out the the ambassador directory.

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    Killer
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 474 Solid Baller
    edited June 11
    I just got an inquiry for skiing the course this summer. So it must be live for guests now.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,673 Administrator
    @jjackkrash I am not advertising yet but I am STOKED you got a contact!

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