At collegiate events, athletes compete on co-ed teams in traditional water ski and wakeboard disciplines. Athletes who are former junior national and world champions compete side-by-side with beginners. Collegiate tournaments also are more relaxed, often with as much action on the beach as there is on the water.
More than 50 schools in four geographic regions field teams that seek the Holy Grail of collegiate water skiing, the annual national championship title. Collegiate water skiing is not governed by the NCAA and is considered a club sport at most schools. However, there is tremendous growth in this segment of athletics at colleges and universities, backed up by the increase in scholarships awarded to water ski athletes, as well as the number of schools hiring part-time and full-time coaches.