The VWSC was started in the early 1960's by Deep Cove residents Ken and Earl Matheson to give people a gathering place to water ski. Today the VWSC is a not-for-profit society registered with the B.C. provincial government. VWSC is both a recreational and competitive club, which encourages family participation with an emphasis on fun!
The ski club operates and maintains a clubhouse and facilities within Belcarra Park amid a rural ambience and salt water at Bedwell Bay. The site is directly across the water from Deep Cove and just north of Port Moody, B.C. with boat launches available at both Cates Park and Rocky Point. Click on the map to the right for a closer view. The club site has a secure house complete with bedrooms for overnight stays, hot and cold water, propane run appliances, and a gasoline generator power system. A variety of sport equipment is available for the use of all members and their guests. A large dock provides water access and tie-ups for many member boats. The club owns and operates a passenger barge, which can carry up to 30 people, helps to transport equipment, materials and supplies, and provides a work platform for maintenance of equipment on the water.
As a member club of Water Ski and Wakeboard BC (WSWBC), the members of the VWSC may participate in tournaments at their own skill level, anywhere in British Columbia, or even Canada-wide at the upper levels of ability. The club maintains a jump, slider, and slalom course and holds sanctioned water ski and wakeboard tournaments. We also have a fun tournament where the emphasis is on participation and fun, rather than winning events. The annual Kids Camp has been a huge success in opening the sport to kids outside of the club, and the numerous community events help members share with those who might never have a chance to try the sport.
On the social side of events, there is a spring dance every year as well as the famous Clam Bake held at the club site each August and an Awards Banquet in November. Kids are welcome at all events except the Clam Bake (adult fun only!) Impromptu gatherings always have a way of coming together in the summer months.
Every member of the VWSC is given a key to the clubhouse. This allows for the privilege of full use of the facilities and sporting equipment for them, their family and an occasional guest. In return, it is expected that members will participate in work parties and at events, as well as attend meetings. The VWSC facilities and organization are run entirely by volunteer effort.
Membership is affordable! There is no initiation fee, and annual dues range between $250 and $810, depending on your age, whether you are a single or a family, and your level of involvement.
General meetings are held about four times a year: two in the spring, and two in the autumn. They are always held at the Ice Sports Arena at 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver. Contact us to find out when the next meeting is.
The club gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Provincial Gaming Commission and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.