I have lost my ability to score class C's. I've done so for 30 plus years, and personally have tourney scores into 39. The last number of years life has gotten in the way of me running a lot of tourneys. Injuries, family issues, work.
Having said that this fall right after being cleared from injury that roasted my season I skied 6 rounds at skiwatch. I changed lines on the start dock, I boat judged, I tower judged, I made gas and food runs, I hung signage etc. I assistant judged during the class "R" where Mechler, Parrish and Regina skied.
I'm now "expired" and need to take classes so I can count buoy scores at a class C???? I'll try to remember that in between renewing my basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support, advanced life support in obstetrics, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation in addition to my Medical Board Cert modules/exams and keeping up with work/family. Side note but given the above I also don't qualify to be "safety" at a class C, either.
I'm not trying to throw the hey I'm a good skier card out there and the doctor card out there perse...just venting about some regs that need change in USA w-ski for class C (though I'd argue the safety thing for class R...if I'm good enough for you in the ER I think I'm good enough for you on-site).
In medicine this happened with DOT driver exams...the increasing regulation and extra classes required just for the privilege of doing what I've always done and was trained to do isn't worth it. In the end this hurts the drivers.
When we don't have judges/officials it will further hurt the skiers. More change needed....
Dave Ross--die cancer die