XIt is with utmost disappointment that the Backwater Gamblers announce that we will not be able to perform ski shows for our amazing fans at this time. The health and safety of our team members and fans are our primary concern. Due to the current Reopen Illinois phase which mandates social distancing of 6 feet and no large gatherings, it is impossible to perform all the acts you love like our pyramids, doubles, ballet lines, around the boat, and most of our show safely and within these guidelines. As soon as we are able to perform safely again within the guidelines of the state of Illinois, we will absolutely do so and will update our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let you know.

As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and rely solely on donations from our fans and sponsors, if you would like to help support us so we can continue to provide family-friendly, free water ski shows to the Quad Cities in the future, you can donate via PayPal ([email protected]), Venmo (@Backwater-Gamblers), or by mailing a check to Backwater Gamblers, 5000 44th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. We hope to ski you soon!


The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Club was founded in 1980 as an Illinois non-profit organization with a mission to:
  • Provide free, quality water ski entertainment to the Quad City area.
  • Become a nationally recognized show competition water ski team.
The Club is a family-oriented organization with families making up 68 percent of the Club’s 150+ members. The ages of the skiers range from three to over 60. Club members consist of both skiers and non-skiers, all of whom are important to presenting the best water ski show possible.