I'm involved in various water sports related groups. Here are a few that I would encourage you to be involved with also.
WSIA is the "behind the scenes" action group that is protecting waterways and promoting safe boating
The WSIA is the towed water sports industry’s leading advocate, known for preserving the vitality of our activities long into the future. As a group, we develop best practices, maintain waterway access rights, educate participants, promote safety and facilitate sustainable industry growth.
Wake the World offers boating opportunities for underprivileged youth
This is an excellent way to share your love of water sports with others. We started WTW in 2008 with 8 boats, in 2019 we had 60 events in 28 states and over 500 volunteered boats. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 season is postponed until 2021.
Wake n Flake
This annual event attracts participants from all over the country and combines wakeboarding and snowboarding all in the same day! This is a FUN'draiser for Wake the World since 2009.
The WWA sanctions and insures all of our Wake the World events.The WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing competitive wake sports around the world. It is the leading source for riders, events and competitive standards and the undisputed sanctioning and governing body for the sport.
Wake the World has been involved and supportive of Pass the Handle since it's inception. Basically Pass the Handle is a great definition of what WTW does. This is another program that the WSIA supports. The first Pass The Handle — Discover Water Sports Day took place on lakes worldwide on July 26, 2014. The #PassTheHandle project is an incredible awareness-driven concept drawn up by legendary wakeboarders Shaun Murray and Zane Schwenk, encouraging any towed-water-sport enthusiast to get out on the water and extend their arm to people in need of an awesome activity.
Wake the World was the recipient of the "PasstheHandle" Award from Wakeboarding Magazine in 2019.
Big Sweep/Lake Love
We started the Lake Love (National Lake Clean Up Campaign) when we discovered that none existed. Big Sweep and Clean Sweep existed in name only. When the domain BigSweep.org became available, we bought it.
WSIA has been instrumental in promoting lake clean up nationally and internationally.
This is another great program supported by the WSIA.
In an effort to foster a peaceful environment on all waterways, Wake Responsibly is a campaign that educates homeowners and boaters about courteous behavior to ensure every moment on the lake is safe and enjoyable for all.
In 2019, Wake the World was successful in getting "Wake Responsibly" signage up at all boat ramps in North Carolina. We also were given permission from WSIA to add "Lake Clean Up" verbage to the sign.
On this website you will find all sorts of educational information. You will also find the the free online boater's safety course for each state. Passing this test usually results in lower insurance rates (ask your agent).
Each state usually has a website that is packed with info on registration, boating laws, boating guides and any alerts. This is North Carolina's website.
Search "Your State + boating laws" to find your state's website.
Be Awesome was started because of an awareness that support that is needed for youth that are leaving childrens homes and entering college or the workforce.
This website gives them a platform to find a mentor in a specific career as well as a mentor in a particular hobby or sport.
Food it Forward
This program was started in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Wake the World along with other similar organizations were cancelling events but still had a desire to serve. We joined together and created "Food it Forward". The idea is that we help our local restaurants by purchasing gift certificates then help our participants by sharing the gift certificates with them.
The other participating organizations are Wake for Warriors, Above the Wake, In His Wakes and Ann's Angels.
Most of the more popular lakes will have a facebook group. This is an excellent place to discover what is going on on your lake or ask questions.
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide.
Cathy Williams is the Confident Captain. Former Pro Wakeboarder and certified boat captain, Cathy is a wealth of knowledge and insight. If you are in Florida, she is available for personalized instruction.
Share your passion
Why not share your passion of water sports with other people you care about? Whether it's veterans, wounded warriors, underprivileged children, autism or handicapable persons, you can find an organization that wants you to be involved.