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Waterskiing

Waterskiing is a sport and an active recreation where a person glides on the water on 1 or 2 skis towed by a motorboat or an electric lift.

Waterskiing is a sport invented in USA in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson. It became popular all over the world in the countries with the right conditions for this kind of sport, like large water reservoirs with no waves – rivers, lakes and closed sea bays. In Poland, water-ski lifts are already operating in Augustów (740 m), Lublin (760 m), Ostróda (800 m) and in Szczecinek (finished in July 2008, the largest water-ski loop in Europe and second largest in the world  – 1080 m).

In the Westpomeranian Region there are 3 waterskiing clubs:

a) The “Ski-Line” Szczecin Waterskiing Club,
b) The Szczecinek Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Club ,
c) The Szczecinek Local Tourist Organisation

In Szczecinek, there is the largest water-ski lift in Poland. It is 1080 m long, mounted on 5 masts, with 9 simultaneous fastenings. Its adjusted speed equals 22 km/h (figure skiing) to 58 km/h (ski jumping). The waterskiing ticket price includes one lap, but in event of a fall at the start, there is the opportunity to repeat the jump. For an additional fee you can also rent various kinds of water skis, wakeboards, wet suits, water bananas and water skis towed by motorboats. The lift can be used simultaneously by 12 people.

Town beaches in Szczecinek are located on Mickiewicza and Kilińskiego Streets. In the season, safety is provided by the WOPR guards (the Volunteer Water Rescue Service). Bathing beaches are equipped with recreation gear. On the beach on Mickiewicza Street there are piers and water equipment rental.

Once every few years, in Szczecinek, there are the Polish, European and World Championships in waterskiing on the ski lift.

Contact:

The Szczecinek Local Tourist Organisation
The Szczecinek Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Club

Mickiewicza Street 2
78-400 Szczecinek
tel. +48 94 / 374 34 03
fax. +48 94 / 371 42 49
e-mail: sekretariat@szlot.pl
www.szlot.pl

The Westpomeranian Regional Motorboat and Water-skiing Federation

Heyki Street
70-631 Szczecin
te. +48 91 / 462 36 24
fax. +48 91 / 462 36 24
www.ozmwinw.szczecin.pl 

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Zadanie współfinansowane ze środków Unii Europejskiej ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Zachodniopomorskiego na lata 2007-2013.

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