Constructing a PVC Watersports Site & Distance Marker

Simple cost effective design - water tight durable (will not puncture) - visible - safe -unattractive to dogs

Cost is about $20.00 per marker  (more if you only make one marker)


(1)    5/16 X 3 1/4 Eye Bolt   (Stainless steel.)

(3)    5/16 Hex Nut   (stainless steel)

    1. (2)    5/16 Washer   (stainless steel)

  1. (1)    8 oz can of PVC primer  

(1)    8 oz can of PVC Cement 

(1)    3” Diameter X 10 Ft PVC 40PE Pipe 

(2)    3” PVC End Caps 

(1)    8 oz tube of bath caulk 


Electric Drill with a 5/16th drill

Saw to cut PVC  (Or you can ask Home Depot to cut the pipe for you)

Pliers or wrench

  1. BulletMeasure and cut a 30” piece of PVC pipe. (38” pipes sit higher in the water, but can be more difficult to carry, store and use)

  2. BulletUsing a 5/16th drill, drill hole in center of one of the end caps.

  3. BulletSqueeze a small amount of caulk on the exterior hole drilled into the end cap

  4. BulletSlip a hex nut onto the eye bolt and then a washer

  5. BulletInsert the eye bolt into the exterior drill hole of the end cap

  6. BulletSqueeze a small amount of caulk onto a washer and slip the washer, caulk down, over the post of the eye bolt on the inside of the end cap.

  7. BulletScrew a hex nut down over the washer and tighten with a wrench or pliers

  8. BulletAdd a second hex nut over the first inside nut and tighten it down.

In a well ventilated area and while using gloves:

  1. BulletApply PVC primer to the inside of the end cap

  2. BulletApply about a two inch ring of primer to both exterior ends of the 30” pipe.

  3. BulletApply primer to the inside of the second end cap.

  4. BulletApply the PVC cement to the interior of the end cap with the eye bolt.  Work quickly and do not let it dry.

  5. BulletApply a small amount of cement to the end of the pipe (exterior)  Do not let it dry.

  6. BulletQuickly, push the end cap onto the pipe and push it down tight.

  7. BulletApply the PVC cement to the interior of the second end cap and a small amount on the exterior end of the open pipe.

  8. BulletQuickly, push the end cap onto the pipe and push down as far as possible or strike with a rubber mallet.

  9. BulletLet dry overnight.

  10. BulletAdd red stripes with red duck tape or paint.

  11. BulletAdd a stainless steel Carabiner clip to the eye bolt.

  12. BulletAdd anchor to marker via a piece of (3/16th galvanized link works great) chain. Use the carabiner clip on the appropriate chain link to quickly adjust depth and cause the marker to stand straight up in the water.

    1. Test sites require a minimum of four Site Markers: 1 or 2 at the 100 ft mark (Depending on tasks being judged.), 2 markers at the 60 ft mark, and 1 or 2 at the 35 ft mark.   A host group should have at least 6 distance markers on hand during an event.  The four Slalom Markers can be made with 2” diameter PVC 40 Pipe and be any color other than Red and White.

  13. How to Make A Water Marker (pdf)


Building a Water Platform

Use the platform to teach jump, dive, swim work parallel to shore, boat retrieves & deliveries.

Below is the 2010 MPG Platform, designed by Deb Miller-Riley, Jackie Pariseault, and Kim Gage. This design is far lighter than the first designs with a wood top, it has a PVC bar to aid in boarding on all four sides. The top is PVC lattice with one inch openings. This top has supported and been happily accepted by dogs as small as Jack Russels and as big as Newfoundland Dogs.  The top is attached to the PVC bars with stainless steel screws and corners/edges on the lattice have been filed down for smoothness.  The stepping bar was also filed to add texture and create an anti-slip surface.  The tall platform is 36 inches high and the shorter platform is 10 inch high.

Instruction for building the MPG Platform sized for small to large breeds:


Instructions for building a MPG Platform sized for giant breeds as modified by Mike Taylor:




Platforms build by Denise Grimm and Erica Etchason

Notice they later added anti-skid material to the lattice top.

Steve McNelly’s Solid Top Water Training Platform

Designed for surface jump work.

Notice the open T connectors on the top and bottom legs for faster water fill and drainage

and the wood slats instead of a solid Plywood top.




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