ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25, 2013 – USA Water Ski, the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States, and Boat Owners Association of The United States, the nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy and services organization, have teamed up for a partnership that names BoatUS’ boat insurance program as “The Official Boat Insurance Provider of USA Water Ski.” The deal includes a range of marketing efforts, from advertising and email to on-site event opportunities at USA Water Ski’s premier events, including the GOODE Water Ski National Championships and the Division 1 Show Ski National Championships.
USA Water Ski members will have access to BoatUS’ unique Water Sports Insurance Program with the essential coverages tailored to the needs of water sports enthusiasts. USA Water Ski members completing USA Water Ski’s Trained Driver’s Program also will be eligible for discounts on BoatUS insurance. Members also will enjoy exclusive discounts on the bundled purchase of BoatUS membership, on water towing and Trailer Assist roadside towing plans.
BoatUS also will be the Official Insurance Provider of USA Water Ski’s National Championships Series of Events, an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Water Ski Teams, the Official Insurance Provider of USA Water Ski’s Approved Towboat Evaluations, and a Gold Sponsor and Official Insurance Provider of USA Water Ski’s Grassroots program. USA Water Ski members can find more at: www.USAWaterSki.org/BoatUSInsurance
“With USA Water Ski being the national governing body for all towed water sports in the United States and with BoatUS being the largest provider for boat insurance services in the United States, this is the perfect partnership for servicing our thousands of members,” said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. “BoatUS is able to meet all of the insurance requirements for our boat owners with customized packages for both recreational and tournament boating, and will be a terrific partner for USA Water Ski.”
USA Water Ski has the dual mission of promoting the growth and development of recreational water skiing, and organizing and governing the sport of competitive water skiing. The largest and most active water ski federation in the world, USA Water Ski serves more than 20,000 members across the country. Nearly 80 percent of the organization’s members are involved in tournament competition each year; the remainder are recreational water skiers. Approximately 630 local water ski clubs throughout the United States are affiliated with USA Water Ski. The BoatUS Water Sports Insurance Program is just one of many valuable USA Water Ski membership benefits, including participation in sanctioned events, club and event insurance, instructional resources, savings on equipment and a subscription to The Water Skier.
“We are excited about the opportunities this partnership presents,” said BoatUS Vice President of Underwriting Mike Pellerin. “USA Water Ski members are on the water all of the time and need the best insurance coverage for their type of boating – not any old policy will do. Our BoatUS Water Sports Insurance Program includes coverage for expensive skis, boards and gear, and increased medical payment coverage for family members and guests because we know it’s an active lifestyle.” For those on the tournament circuit, the program will also refund a wakeboarding or water skiing competition entry fee up to $500 if a USA Water Ski member is forced to withdraw because their boat and/or trailer has been damaged by a covered loss. BoatUS also offers diminishing deductibles, pet coverage and 24-hour roadside assistance and on water dispatch from the largest towing fleet in the nation.
About USA Water Ski:
USA Water Ski, based in Polk City, Florida, is the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. USA Water Ski is a member of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body), the Pan American Sports Organization and the United States Olympic Committee. Affiliated with USA Water Ski as sport discipline organizations are the American Water Ski Association, American Barefoot Club, American Kneeboard Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association, National Show Ski Association, National Water Ski Racing Association, United States Hydrofoil Association, USA Wakeboard and Water Skiers with Disabilities Association. For more, go to www.usawaterski.org.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on-the-water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. For more, go to www.BoatUS.com.