This last summer on Shawnigan Lake there was an issue between the town and wakeboarders. A group of kids had placed a slider on the lake which created an uproar with Shawnigan Lake residents. The results were kids “0” town “1”. The slider lasted a few weeks before vanishing.
After meeting with police and finding out some very important contacts I was able to find the correct process in placing a slider on a lake.
Step One: Careful planning
A lot of thought needs to go into picking a location to put up a slider. Safety, water level, boat traffic and appearence are important to consider. These will all be brought to your attention by Transportation Canada. You will need to contact them first and foremost to fill out an application. If this step was done first Shawnigan lake might still have its slider standing tall. You can find contact info for Transportation Canada at:
Once you have your permit in hand your on to the next step.
Step Two: Inform the community you have a permit
A good idea after having the permit would be to inform the community. Let them know you’ve taken the right steps and show that the slider is private property. This may stop any thoughts about dismantling your new toy. An easy way to do this is bulletin boards, town halls, newspaper ad, facebook groups and your local boardshop.
Step Three: Building
Plans can be found online for building sliders. We all know that. But there are some things that I would like to suggest when building. Make sure to keep it clean. There are a lot of people out there that are against man-made products in the lakes. Making sure your job site is clean (no sunken nails or screws, beer or pop cans, extra materials and gasoline spills) will prevent any negative reasons a community could gather against your slider. Take your time, don’t rush so that you don’t end up with a mess.
The other part to building I would like to touch on is the look of the slider. Try to blend it in as much as possible without making it a hazard. At the very least make your slider look nicer than those big old ski jumps. If the community calls it an eye soar have them explain what is so easy on the eyes about a 20 by 20 red square in the middle of the lake.
Last But Not Least: Manners
Any excuse to stop a slider from being raised on a lake will be used. When dealing with disgruntled community members remember to be polite, don’t confront them just listen and explain yourself. You have every right to use the lake just like them. And if you’ve followed the above steps you have no flaws. Don’t attack, just defend politely. Us boarders have a bad enough rep. The more we can do to change that the more we will be accepted and so will sliders.
Now Go Shred!
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