Slow Motion Skiing on the Dee

Aled Davies (Iwan’s son) recently made a slow motion video of himself water skiing on the River Dee down at our club.  Makes for an entertaining minute.  The video was filmed using a Go Pro 4 camera shooting at 240 frames per second.  Enjoy!


BBQ 2pm on Sunday 30th August

We will be having a BBQ at the end of the tide (approx 2pm) on Sunday 30th August.

It will be weather and flat water dependent – fingers crossed!

There will be burgers and sausages at a nominal cost.  Please bring your own drink and have a chin wag with your fellow members.

All welcome!  Iwan will be showing his collection of Crocs and Mark his collection of injuries so should be something there for everyone.

Hopefully see you there!



Diving Operations Taking Place on Dee Estuary Monday 24th August

We recently received notification that Diving Operations will be taking place on the Dee Estuary on Monday 24th August

The notice to mariners reads as follows:

Mariners are advised on Monday 24th August 2015 diving operations will be taking place in the vicinity of the Airbus Load Out Facility at Broughton.

Diving will be during daylight hours and a safety boat will be in attendance during the operation.

All vessels are requested to keep well clear and to pass at slow speed.

The original letter informing us of these works can be downloaded here

The club asks all members using the river to practice caution


Nautique Boat and Accessories For Sale

The club was recently contacted to see if anyone was interested in the following:

1989 Ski Nautique 2001

  • 2 new cylinder heads 80 hours ago
  • Lpg conversion with 150ltr tank
  • 5.7 pcm
  • Tribal foldable tower with monster board racks
  • Vibe tower speakers and amp
  • Monster Energy wrapped
  • Sitting on original trailer
  • Interior needs re covering at some point
  • £5500.00 ono

Ski Nautique 2001 1

Ski Nautique 2001 2

Ski Nautique 2001 3


  • Wakeboard with bindings, used twice in fresh water lake will fit size 7-12 £175 ono
  • Donut, tow rope and pump in excellent condition £65 ono
  • Skis £75 ono and various bits and bobs (open to offers)
  • Seller of these items is in Ruthin

Wakeboard Accessories 3

Wakeboard Accessories 2

Wakeboard Accessories 1

Anyone interested in these please get in touch with the club, thank you


Works on Hawarden Railway Bridge

We recently received notification that Hawarden Railway Bridge will undergo some repair works beginning this Monday.

The notice to mariners reads as follows:

Mariners are advised that commencing 11th May 2015 works will be undertaken on the wooden structures on the piers of Hawarden Railway Bridge.

The works are expected to take up to two weeks, and will be over all states of the tide.

Works will be undertaken from the river with two vessels in attendance; they will be monitoring VHF Ch. 14 & 16.

Mariners are requested to proceed with extra caution, give the operation a wide berth, and pass at a safe speed to avoid wake wash for those working.

The original letter informing us of these works, which includes sources for further information, can be downloaded here

The club asks all members using the river over the next two weeks to practice caution during this time


2015 Membership Fees Due

The club kindly requests that all members now pay their Membership Fees for the forthcoming season

Please can everyone complete and return a Membership Form which can be downloaded here:

The options for payment are either sending a cheque or transferring the money online – if you transfer the money online please remember to use your name as reference!

We are looking to grow our membership levels this year.  With this in mind, the club would like to ask all members to share DWWC with other people – please tell your friends, family and colleagues and mention us on social media – our club is a brilliant place to enjoy waters sports yet very few people actually know about us.  Hopefully this will all change this year.  And just think, if every member could bring in one more person to the club we would double in size… 😉


Important Information from the Dee Conservancy

DWWC was recently contacted by Capt. Simon Capes, Harbour Master for the Dee Conservancy, who asked if we could bring the following information to as wide an audience as possible.

The Dee Conservancy is the statutory harbour authority for the Dee estuary and river up to Chester.

Dee Conservancy

In the past there has been a hard copy publication called Marine Safety in the Dee Conservancy (there may still be copies of this lying around!).

This was updated and revised recently and is now available as a downloadable document on the Natural Resources Wales (as harbour authority), website page relating to the conservancy:

Local notices to mariners are also available.

There are also notices and a schedules for the Airbus barge on the Dock Road notice board close to our clubhouse.

At the end of last year the harbour authority was granted a harbour revision order.  This will come into force within the next few months.  The purpose of the order is to update the powers of the Conservancy which are currently based on statute dating back to 1889, and introduces some byelaws and gives powers of general direction.

Of interest to our club is the byelaw requirement to have a designated area for skiing / aquaplaning etc, and for those taking part in such activities to have written permission of the conservancy authority to do so.  We discussed this item at our AGM yesterday and we are liaising with the Conservancy to provide information about the areas we use regularly so we can continue to use them.

Capt. Capes emphasised that he was keen to establish positive working relationships with all stakeholders within the harbour authority area.  DWWC feels exactly the same way and we are happy to help wherever we can.


2015 AGM Sunday – 29th March 4pm – All Members Welcome!

AGMThe 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 29th March at 4pm at our Clubhouse.  All members are welcome and we encourage everyone to be there – the more the merrier!  The AGM is a great chance to help shape what’s in store for the season ahead.

Also, Debbie has very kindly agreed to bring a free curry for anyone who attends!

A wide range of topics will be discussed, including:

  • Membership fees for the 2015 season (one item on the agenda is the re-introduction of a lower membership rate for Students)
  • DWWC organised visits to cable parks e.g. Liverpool
  • An open day at DWWC to show members from cable parks our facilities/boats
  • A couple of maintenance days prior to the season starting, doing all manner of odds and sods around the place like painting, de-cluttering and tractor maintenance

The AGM is an ideal time for new members to join and for existing members to renew their memberships for the 2015 season.  If you know of anyone who might be interested feel free to bring them along!

Here’s to a great 2015 season…

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DWWC Hosts Kathleen and May Sculpture Celebration

Last night (11th February) Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club hosted a morning to celebrate a new sculpture of the Kathleen & May being erected just outside our club on Dock Road, Connah’s Quay.

Kethleen and May

The Stanless Steel Kethleen and May Sculpture on Dock Road, Connah’s Quay

The historic ship was originally built in Connah’s Quay in the year 1900 and is now part of the National Historic Fleet.

The sculpture was commissioned by Flintshire County Council and made by GJ Maintenance Engineering.  An article on the website includes the following statement from owner, Gary Jackson:

“We are immensely proud of being able to make this piece for the coastal community, Flintshire and Wales. This is a quality apprentice piece constructed in spare time between jobs. Full credit goes to Gareth Phillips, one of our five apprentices, for his work. We hope it will be appreciated for years to come in this great historical setting.”

The morning went well and was attended by a number local groups present including Flintshire County Council, Flintshire Coastal Rangers, Fishermen, Local Businesses and other local people interested.

Kethleen and May

The morning was well attended by numerous groups including a local choir

Everyone gathered near the new sculpture and then speeches were made after a presentation by the head of the council.  Lots of photographs were taken both at the sculpture and then inside our clubhouse.  A local youth choir was also present and sang a number of old local sea shanties.

The club was thanked for hosting the event.  It was regarded as a good day and a great opportunity to promote the club.

The committee would like to extend a big thank you to Dave Lewis who represented the club at this event and all the effort he put into this to make it such a success.


DWWC Launches RNLI Flint RIB, Saves Woman Jumping From Flintshire Bridge

It’s a well known fact that the RNLI Flint have access to our slipway.  But it’s not very often we get to launch one of their boats…

Last Sunday, after a brilliant day on the water (how good were the conditions?), a fleet of emergency vehicles suddenly descended on the car park outside our club.  There were at least 5 police cars and an ambulance, as well as vehicles from the RNLI, HM Coastguard… even a police helicopter buzzing around overhead.

A woman in her 30’s was threatening to jump from Flintshire Bridge into the water below.

By coincidence, we had just pulled our boats out with the tractor, so they asked if we could launch the RNLI Flint RIB.  Naturally, we were only too happy to oblige!

RNLI Flint 1

Iwan (while initially reluctant to take his dry suit off) donned his superhero cape and jumped in the tractor, the rib then arrived and was attached to our vehicle.

RNLI Flint 2

Conditions-wise the slipway wasn’t too bad – much of the mud had been cleared after we had been launching our own boats that day – so it was a relatively smooth descent into the water.

RNLI Flint 3

I am pleased to report that, according to this article on the website, the woman in question is now in stable condition.  The article also mentions the following statements:

A Police spokesperson said:

“North Wales Police received a phone call from a member of the public concerned about the safety of a woman seen walking in the vicinity of the old power station in Connahs Quay.   Officers were dispatched and a short time later she was located on the new bridge over the Dee in Connahs Quay.   Unfortunately officers were unable to secure the woman before she fell from the bridge into the river. She was very quickly recovered by the inshore lifeboat.”

“The woman, who is local to the area and aged in her 30’s was conveyed to the Countess of Chester  hospital  and later to Aintree hospital in Liverpool where her condition is described as stable.”

A Welsh Ambulance service spokesperson said;
“We were called by police at 5.30pm.
Responded with one crew in an emergency ambulance, and a woman in her 30s with serious injuries was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.”

An onlooker since uploaded the following video showing us launching the boat:

We hope the woman makes a full and speedy recovery and we were pleased to be helpful to the RNLI and other emergency services who dealt with the incident.