The Webster Water Ski Collective is thrilled and excited to team with the LOF Adaptive Skiers from Sandy Hook, CT to host an Adaptive Water Ski event on Webster Lake on August 20th. The theme is “Any Disability, Any Age” – as we will help any age group and any disability get on the water and learn how to water ski using specialized equipment from licensed instructors.
The LOF (Leaps of Faith) Skiers out of Sandy Hook has been teaching and assisting people with disabilities to “Soar Beyond Their Boundaries” by teaching and assisting in both water and snow skiing through events such as this for the past 27 years. Founded by champion jumper Joel Zeisler in 1992, the LOF skiers has continued to grow and now co-hosts events like this all throughout the North East.
Collective President, Ryan DesRoches, was able to volunteer and work with the LOF Skiers down at their “Lake To Lake” Event last year at Lake Zoar, the LOF’s home base in Sandy Hook and quickly fell in love with the Adaptive Ski concept and the ability to bring people onto the water that normally would never get the opportunity to do so. At the event, Ryan was able to learn from the LOF skiers about how to set up a skier with disabilities on a sit ski, what it takes to side ski with the person, and what safety precautions go into adaptive skiing. For example, Blind skiers can’t “See” hand signals, so instead they communicate via tapping on the rope which they can feel and then know if waves are coming, or if the boat is going to come in to the dock, etc.
The Webster Water Ski Collective hopes this event will be a huge success and hope it continues to be an annual event moving forward.
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Below are some shots from the Lake To Lake event last year at Lake Zoar