WATER sport enthusiasts could have a new place to go if an application to install a slalom ski course in Lansvale is approved.
The development application submitted to Fairfield Council last week sought to establish a 359-metre-long course in Floyd Bay.
Slalom water-skiing involves one ski, with two plates. The skier is guided by a purpose- designed boat with satellite-controlled speed regulators.
The sport is performed at a maximum speed of 58km/h.
An aquatic licence application from the Sydney Water Ski Club was submitted to the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) around a year ago to establish the ski area.
As a result, RMS lifted the eight-knot speed limit to allow free speed in the bay.
If approved, members of the club will be the only athletes allowed to use the course in the tightly controlled sport.
President of the Sydney Water Ski Club, Jamie Campbell, said the main purpose of installing the course was to provide a state-of-the-art training facility for his club members.
"At some stage maybe we will look at holding some competitions as well, but that will be much further down the track," he said.
"This is a heavily regulated sport — there are so many controls with what we do.
"The club boat is the only boat that will be allowed to use the course, and the course only serves one person at a time."
Mr Campbell said his club already had 24 members and the sport was gaining popularity fast. He said some of the members he trained were even competing in international competitions for world titles.
"I am confident that the [development application] will be approved," he said.
"This has been going on for a number of years and we have done all the appropriate noise and environment checks we should have done.
"All processes and controls are in place so for now we just have to wait and see."
The widest point of the course will be 23 metres across.
The course will require the placement of around 32 buoys, including jump markers.