Privacy & Data Protection Policy

Why does BDWWA need personal information?  

At BDWWA, it’s our job to give people with a disability the opportunity to participate in water skiing & wakeboarding. We use personal information to ensure we provide the best possible support to our service users and our donors. It helps us to contact you in the most appropriate way with information that is important to you. 

What information do we collect? 

In becoming a member of BDWWA, we will collect certain information about you which may include:


  • contact details including name, address, email address, telephone number and contact preferences 

  • names of any other affiliated clubs that you are a member of

  • details of any coaching, boat driving, competition data or officiating qualifications you hold

  • employer details for processing a payroll gift 

  • taxpayer status for claiming Gift Aid 

  • date of birth, age, and/or gender, where appropriate 

  • information about your interactions with us through email, SMS, post, on the phone or in person (i.e. the date, time, and method of contact) 

  • details about donations you make to us, events or activities that you register for or attend and any other support you provide to us 

  • if you are a minor, we may collect the name and contact details of a parent or guardian and, where appropriate, the name and location of your school 

  • any other relevant information you share with us about yourself, including your interests and your employer 

  • If you are enquiring about or booking some of our services, we will ask you details of a sensitive nature about your disability, health and mental wellbeing to ascertain how we might best be able to support you 

How do we collect your information?  
We do not buy data from 3rd parties. 

We collect information about you directly whenever you interact with us. For example, when you contact us regarding our services, register as a supporter, send or receive information, engage with our social media or make a donation to us, you may provide us with your personal information. 

We may also receive information about you when you interact with third parties with whom we work. For example, where you’ve made a donation to us through a third-party website (e.g. Just Giving) and given them permission to share your information with us.   

In order to ensure that our communication with you is relevant and tailored to your background and interests, we may supplement what we know about you with information that is available to the public.  This allows us to better understand your interests, preferences, and level of potential engagement and/or donation, so that we can contact you in the most appropriate way and to ensure that we do not send you unwanted communications.   

We may collect information about what interests you when you visit our website or interact with our e-newsletters and other online content.    

How is this information kept? 
We securely store and process this information on a database.  We make sure nobody has access to your information who shouldn’t have access to it.  

How long is the information stored for? 
Under new data legislation, everyone has “the right to be forgotten”. We will only keep your data as long as is reasonable and necessary. 

We will retain your information for 7 years to comply with legislation surrounding gift aid but if we have had no interaction with you after this time has passed, we will delete all personal information we store on you. 

If you give us consent to contact you, this consent will last for 3 years. After 3 years, we will contact you to ensure that you still consent to receive communications from us.

Do we share personal data with any 3rd parties? 
We will never sell your details to other organisations. 

We may use 3rd party services such as email service providers to assist with mailings and we provide them with encrypted files of names/addresses/email addresses. We enter into contracts with all these service providers that require them to comply with data protection laws and to ensure that they have appropriate controls in place to protect the security of your information. 

If you take part in any fundraising challenge or event for us, we may share personal details with venue and third-party event organisers to ensure your safety and that your needs are met.  We enter into contracts with these organisations to ensure your data is secure.   

We share anonymised data, without names, addresses or personal details, to funders or potential funders to demonstrate the impact of our services. 

How do we use your information? 
We may use your information in a number of ways to fulfil a contractual or legal obligation, or where we feel it is in your vital interests, including: 


  • processing of membership applications / renewals and payments

  • sharing data with committee members / staff members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals or invitation to social events or ability to assist with coaching and officiating at competitions

  • publishing of any competition results

  • in order to complete any accreditation process where for example the qualifications and roles of staff members require the identification of those individuals via the sharing of data with the governing body

  • registering your personal details with British Water Ski & Wakeboard for the provision of membership services e.g. personal accident insurance, membership card issue and mailing of magazines and access to discounts and other member benefits

  • to make sure we have the right information when you contact us again, so you don’t have to keep repeating yourself 

  • to help us plan our services, use our resources wisely, measure our work, and ensure it’s of the highest standard 

  • to provide ongoing support and advice where we feel it is in your best interests 

  • to invite you to participate in voluntary surveys or research 

  • to process donations we may receive from you (e.g. to rectify an error on a direct debit form) 

  • to promote fundraising activities including appeals, raffles, legacy fundraising, payroll giving 

  • to respond to queries you have made about events or challenges or fundraising activities you are interested in 

  • to communicate with you about an event you have enrolled for or purchased a ticket for 

  • to invite you to events we feel you may be interested in attending, based on your previous interests and activities, in order to support our work 

  • to invite you to participate in challenge events we feel you may be interested in, based on your previous interests and activities 

  • to promote BDWWA promotions

  • to contact you where you have been identified as a contact person for an organisation, such as a school or a trust (if we obtain your contact details in this way, we will only use them to contact you in your capacity as a representative of that organisation) 

  • to analyse and improve the content and operation of our website 

  • to analyse and improve our internal business processes 

  • to analyse the personal information we collect about you and use publicly available information to better understand your interests, preferences and level of potential donations so that we can contact you in the most appropriate way and to ensure that we do not send you unwanted communications 

  • where we are required by law to disclose or otherwise use your information 

    In particular, we may contact you for marketing purposes by email or text message if you have agreed to be contacted in this manner. 

    If you have provided us with your postal address or telephone number, we may send you information about our work or other communications of the kinds described above by direct mail or contact you by telephone unless you have not consented to be contacted in this way.  We provide information about how you can change your marketing preferences below. 

    In some circumstances, we may feel we have legitimate interest to contact you when you have not specifically given us permission to do so. We take your preferences seriously so we have given a lot of thought to how you might feel receiving communications like these. In some cases, we feel it would be strange not to contact you e.g. to thank you for a donation. In other cases, we feel we have a legitimate interest which is not overridden by your personal preferences. We may still contact you in the following circumstances: 


  • to thank you for a donation 

  • to express sympathy when donations are made in memory of someone special 

  • to provide you with information about our services where we feel you might be interested or benefit from them

  • to send you updates about our services, including stories of people who have benefitted

  • to ask for feedback on an event or fundraising activity you have participated in 

  • to invite you to take part in upcoming fundraising activities you might be interested in 

  • to invite you to involve your company in fundraising activities, based on information you have provided us about your work and on previous interests and activities, where you have provided us with your corporate details 

  • to enquire about trust fund opportunities, based on information you have provided us about your involvement with a trust 

  • to ask you about gift aid on a donation you have made 

  • to communicate with you about your regular giving, including invitations to upgrade 

  • ask for feedback on a course you attended or other support you have received so that we might improve our services 

  • to ask your permission to use your story in our marketing to demonstrate the value of what we do. We will always contact you personally to specifically ask your permission for this and discuss which details you would be happy to see included

Do we process ‘sensitive’ personal information? 
If you enquire about our services, we collect information about your health, physical and mental welfare in order to tailor the service we provide to best suit you. 

We may collect information about ethnic background, religion, age, marital status, and sexual orientation in order to track which sections of the population we are reaching. 

We collect sensitive personal information where we need this information to ensure that we provide appropriate facilities or support to enable you to participate in an event.

Can you have access to the information we hold about you?  
Yes. You can make a written request to access all the personal information we hold about you (for which we may charge a small fee).

Who should you contact about the information we hold on you? 
The Data Protection Officer – Membership Secretary
How can you withdraw your consent to processing personal data? 
If you do not wish us to use your personal data for marketing purposes, you can use the relevant box on our forms to indicate your preferences when you initially provide us with your details. 

At any subsequent time: 


  • you can indicate that you do not wish to receive our marketing emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link which we will always provide 

  • you can ask us to stop sending marketing by post by following the instructions provided in the letter 

  • if you wish to change the way we contact you (by email, post, text and phone), you can update your contact preferences here

If you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, we will maintain your details on a suppression list.  However, we may still need to contact you for administrative purposes, including (but not limited to): 


  • Processing a donation you have made and any related Gift Aid 

  • Providing you with the information you need in order to participate in an activity or event for which you have registered  

If your contact details have changed, you can always update or correct the information we hold about you by contacting the Data Protection Officer

Similarly, if you have more specific requests about how we use your data, you can contact the Data Protection Officer. 
What other data protection rights do you have? 
You can make a complaint or raise a concern about how we process your personal data by contacting our Data Protection Officer.  In some circumstances, you have the right to object to our processing of your personal data or to stop us from continuing to make active use of personal data that we retain in our records. 

If you are not happy with how we have handled your complaint, you can contact the Office of the Information Commissioner, which oversees the protection of personal data in the UK, or the Fundraising Regulator, which is responsible for overseeing fundraising activities carried out by charities in the UK. 

Alternatively, you may choose to contact either the Information Commissioner or the Fundraising Regulator directly about your complaint, regardless of whether you have raised it with us first.  

Job and volunteer applicants
If you apply to work at BDWWA, we will only use the information you give us to process your application and to monitor recruitment statistics. If we want to disclose information to someone outside BDWWA - for example, if we need a reference or need to get a ‘disclosure’ from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - we will make sure we tell you beforehand. 
If you are unsuccessful in your job application, we will hold your personal information for 1 year after we’ve finished recruiting the post you applied for. After this date we will destroy or delete your information.  
If you begin employment with us, we will put together a file about your employment. We keep the information in this file secure, and will only use it for matters that apply directly to your employment. 
Once you stop working for us, we will keep this file for 6 years from your leaving date. 

Emails terms of use 
Emails aren’t always secure, and they may be intercepted or changed after they’ve been sent. BDWWA doesn’t accept liability if this happens. The contents of emails reflect their author's views and not necessarily those of BDWWA. 

Please do not send BDWWA any financial data through email. 

The information in emails is confidential, so if you’ve received one by mistake, please delete it without copying, using, or telling anyone about its contents. 

Photo Consent 

Do we take photos of service users? 
Yes, we take photographic images (moving and still) on our courses and activities to enhance and illustrate our communications. 

Do you have to consent to being photographed? 
No, image consent is not a pre-condition of accessing any service or partaking in any BDWWA activity and there is no expectation on you to provide it if you do not wish to do so. 
What do we use these photos for? 
We produce a wide range of materials to let future participants know of our services.

Examples of materials may include, but are not limited to, our printed publications; adverts; audio-visual and electronic materials; external media and publicity such as television, print, radio or online news; display materials; emails, e-newsletters, blogs, web pages, social media posts, presentations, speeches, research or policy reports and any other materials. 

BDWWA cannot guarantee or be held liable for use of this information or image by a third party. 

If a photographer is present on the behalf of BDWWA, the copyright of any material which is generated as a result of this photographic session shall be assigned and shall be the property of BDWWA.   

Can you withdraw your consent to use these images at a later date? 
Yes, consent can be withdrawn at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer. If you withdraw your consent, BDWWA will no longer use any photographs or information you have provided previously. However, any published materials that already include your information or image cannot be recalled. 

How long will we keep these images for? 
We will retain the images for 3 years and then we will delete them.  

In special cases (i.e. where a photo is of particular use to the charity) we would like to continue using the image beyond 3 years. In these cases, we will seek your renewed consent to continue using the image. 

Cookie Consent 
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser. 

We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to: keep track of you whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to: enable our website to recognise you when you visit. 

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. 

Google’s privacy policy is available at:  

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third-party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. 

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