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Drone Insurance Now Available To Clubs

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports (USA-WSWS) recognizes the growing importance of drones for our water enthusiasts. Drones are useful in the training, education and marketing of our sport and we wanted to find a way to safely incorporate those pieces of equipment. USA-WSWS is now pleased to offer drone insurance as part of our club membership program.

We have formulated requirements that will ALLOW for DRONE usage at SANCTIONED EVENTS, similar to the tow boat requirements currently in place.  In summary, the club or sanctioning entity is responsible for the following:

FAA Compliance: Drone owners and operators must follow the requirements set forth by the FAA in the Unmanned Aircraft rules: Small UAS rule (14 CFR part 107).
•    Pilot Certification:  All pilots operating a Drone during USA-WSWS sanctioned events must comply with the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107), and must obtain and maintain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This certificate demonstrates that the pilot understands the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying Drones. For more information, please refer to FAA Remote Pilot Certification: www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/part_107/remote_pilot_cert/
•    Drone Weight Limitation: Drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, consistent with FAA regulations listed above.
•    Drone Usage Form: Before usage of any Drone in a USA-WSWS sanctioned event, a Drone Usage Form must be completed and submitted to USA-WSWS headquarters.
•    Minimum Insurance Requirements:  Drone Owners/Operators must provide and maintain at least $1,000,000 of primary aircraft liability insurance for the operation of any Drone during any USA-WSWS sanctioned event, with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, its sponsors, directors, employees, volunteers, members, clubs, associations, sport disciplines & divisions  included as Additional Insureds. Drone Owners/Operators must provide a certificate of insurance confirming compliance with these minimum insurance requirements prior to operation of a Drone at any USA-WSWS sanctioned event. Additional information about individual drone insurance coverage is below.
Additional Information about Individual Drone Insurance
This optional program provides USA-WSWS affiliated clubs and members with access to Unmanned Aircraft (drone) liability and physical damage coverage for the drones being used during USA-WSWS sanctioned/approved activities AND for day-to-day usage beyond USA-WSWS events. All drone owners/operators must have individual insurance in order to operate a drone at a USA-WSWS sanctioned event (does not have to be this specific policy but must have a policy that meets the above requirements).
You can apply online at www.usawsdrone.com
•    Drone Usage Form (PDF)
•    Drone Usage Rules and Regulations (PDF)
•    Drone Usage Letter of Agreement (PDF)
If you have specific questions, please email membership@usawaterski.org.




















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