Making Skiing Available to Everyone.
At the Webster Water Ski Collective, we love to make new skiers. The best feeling for us is watching someone fall in love with our sport for the first time. The smiles and laughter are contagious, and it brings us back to when we fell in love with the sport ourselves. Adaptive skiing is that feeling for us on steroids, and thats why we do our Learn to Ski events and why we are honored to be one of the few clubs in the country that is trying to make skiing available to everyone through our growing Adaptive Water Ski program.
We are so honored and blessed to have one of the premier adaptive ski organizations in the country, the Leaps Of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers, serve as our mentors and help train us and assist us in bringing Adaptive Ski Events to Central Massachusetts. Their 30+ years of experience and expertise in the area of Adaptive Skiing has been instrumental in helping us learn how to properly assist members of our community in starting in the sport we all love.
In our first season as a club, LOF helped us host our first “Any Age, Any Disability” adaptive ski event at Point Breeze in Webster. This first of its kind event on Webster Lake saw 24 disabled participants aged 5-28 with various disabilities ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, Spinal Bifida, Blindness, Muscular Atrophy and more ski and have a fantastic day with us. At the end of the day, I am not sure if the participants had more fun or the volunteers.
With our 2021 season, we were able to purchase our first sit-ski via a generous donation from the Kiva Centers and expanded our Adaptive Ski Day offerings to two events, with one at our home site at Point Breeze, and a second event at the Donahue Rowing Centers on Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury/Worcester. In 2021, 50 skiers will be joining us for these two events which also include a picnic lunch provided to the participants and volunteers thanks to our amazing sponsors. Both events are free for all participants.
2021 also saw some of our members earn their USA Water Ski Adaptive Waterski Instructors certification, and while our goal is to continue to learn from our friends from Leaps of Faith and participate in their training events, this was a huge step in our overall goal to provide more skiing to the region.
In the upcoming seasons, our goal is to purchase more adaptive ski equipment and be able to independently run our own events without needing to rely on the LOF skiers for support and equipment. While we love working with LOF and are grateful to have them take us under their wing, the ability to become more independent will allow our group to host more events in the future.
For our Adaptive Ski Event schedule, please view our Events Page.
Photos and videos of prior events:
August 2020 – First Adaptive Ski Event at Point Breeze, Webster
June 2021 – Second Annual “Any Age, Any Disability” Event – Point Breeze, Webster
August 2021 – Lake Quinsigamond Adaptive Ski Day – Donahue Rowing Center, Shrewsbury, MA