Shocking - Poor Safety !!!!!! Shut the place down before someone gets hurt!
On the 7th of January we visited this facility.
1st time and my youngest son fell off by the first ramps, I was assured that the boat would collect him, it never came. when I compalined about this I was greeted with more arrogance then help, with reference to a small A4 map showing where the boat operates from.Needless to sa he was actually in the 'Zone' the manager proceeded to argue the matter and told me the boat is a luxury.
My son then fell off the knee board and was trapped under the board. I sitting on the stand shouted ( went crazy) while basically watching my son drown. he amnaged to free himself from the dodgy knee board. when i challenged the manager she again was very arrogant, hiding behind the fact that I had signed an indemnity FFS!!! she pointed out the Life Guard ( who doubles as the operator) I asked how long it would take him to get to where son was - about 150m ? she replied that I should ask him. she argued that my son is a poor swimmer Fyi - 2nd fastsed in the border region in his age group.
There many other Health and Safety risks Namely:
1 life guard (who when not operating is socailising with his back to the water) there are four locations where kids are swimming and ofcoarse the ski-ing.
No railing on steep areas
a spike in the grass that is potentially fatal.
the place is run by kids with NO understanding of risk and responsibility!
in summary the place should be shut down until they overall the safety. [more]
I certainly agree about it being a fun novel concept and about it being very expensive considering that on the day we were there the tow line kept breaking down and the motor on the boat to collect the skiers that dropped off also wasn't working and as a result the skiers had to do a long swim back to shore (and long walk back to the launch area), across the skiing lane in front of on coming skiers causing huge pile ups - miraculously no one got hurt. The canopy area next to the main area that we paid R100 to use was dank and smelt of sewerage which was due to an overflowing septic tank. The the smell was so bad that we were forced to eat in the dinning area in among all the smokers as there is no separate demarcated smoking area in the restaurant as required by law. We then waited another 45 minutes from time of placing order for food to arrive. The motor on the cable slide to return harnesses and safety gear to the start also wasn't working and clients were expected to return their gear to the ticket office resulting in another extremely long delay. The murky water was definitely a lot cleaner on our last visit and I hope it wasn't as a result of the seepage from the septic tank.
Seriously doubt we will be going back there again.
Blue Rock Cable Waterski, Somerset West, South Africa
If you don't have access to a boat, or a friend with a boat, but would like to try your hand at waterskiing, then I suggest this place. Situated just outside Somerset West on the way to Sir Lowry's Pass, Blue Rock offers Cable Waterski on a fresh water lake. Essentially, you pay for the time you're on the lake (less than Eur 10) per hour, and the life jacket is included, as are the skis. But you pay extra if you want the wakeboards etc. Then you grab hold of a cable, and go. But it's not so easy. Its a physical workout second to none, but great when you get it right. The water is clean, and the temps not too cold. Nice place to swim too. There are also a restaurant, volleyball and mini golf (putt putt) facilities. Not cheap if you stay long, but a nice day out. [more]
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