LOF’s Second Annual Adaptive Water Ski Event
April 8-9 9AM-4PM
Registration for Sunshine Splash is now closed.
For all persons involved, more details will be provided as the event approaches. For questions/concerns, please call the office at (203) 426-0666, or send an email to email@example.com.
All ages and disabilities welcome. No experience required. You may sign up to ski on either Saturday, April 8th OR Sunday, April 9th. If space allows, skiers will be permitted to participate on both days. Skiers should arrive at 8:30 AM on their designated date for check in. A safety overview will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and be immediately followed by skiing.
Please note that pre-registration is required for this event. Space is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is handled on a first come, first served basis. In order to register, skiers must submit both a registration form (link above) as well as a fully refundable $30 deposit (this can be submitted via paypal or by check to PO Box 3505, Newtown, CT, 06470 – to pay via paypal click on “forms” on the top right corner of this page, then click the blue box labeled “send registration deposit”). Please note that the registration deposit serves to hold a participant’s spot in the program and must be received by April 1st. The $30 deposit can be fully refunded upon arrival to the event OR can be donated to LOF for future waterski programs. We ask that all participants be aware of our cancellation policy, outlined in the registration form.
Lunch will be served at approximately 12 PM and is included for all skiers. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate certain allergies and/or dietary restrictions. All waterski instruction and equipment (including life vests) will be provided. Handicap accessible restrooms will be present at the site.
Participants should bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and smiles! We look forward to skiing with you!!
All individuals age 18 and older are welcome to volunteer, no waterski experience necessary. A MANDATORY training session will be held prior to the events and is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, April 7th. This session will cover equipment, safety, adaptive waterski techniques and how to effectively work with waterskiers who have unique needs.
Volunteers should arrive at the site by 8:30 AM on the 8th and 9th to assist with setup and proper equipment distribution. Lunch is provided for all volunteers. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate certain allergies and/or dietary restrictions.
Volunteer responsibilities may include:
- Dock jumping – when a skier returns to the dock [after skiing], “dock jumpers” jump into the water to assist a skier in getting himself/herself and his/her equipment back to shore
- Side skiing (for experienced waterskiers) – “side skiers” ski alongside our participants and physically assist them with balance and periods of fatigue
- Jet ski jumping – for safety purposes, a jet ski shall follow all sit skiers and should always have a “jumper” on the back. A “jet ski jumper” will jump in the water to assist skiers who fall and need assistance getting situated in deep water
- Spotting – at all times, a “spotter” should be in the boat in addition to the boat driver. This individual holds the responsibility of keeping an eye out for potential hazards a skier may face, and pulling the safety release, if necessary. The spotter also manages ski ropes in between waterskiers to prevent knots and tangles.
- Equipment fitting – “equipment fitters” will fit skiers and volunteers for life jackets, waterskis, etc. and aid individuals who need assistance putting them on
- Transfers – this refers to the transfer from an individual from his/her wheelchair into a sit ski. This is a great job for individuals who possess a lot of physical strength!
- Registration/check in – these individuals will manage the check-in process as skiers arrive in the morning. This includes noting each skier’s attendance on the roster and the returning the individual’s registration deposit, if desired
- Dockmaster – the “dockmaster” communicates with boat drivers via a 2-way radio system and controls boat traffic on the dock, similar to air traffic controllers at an airport.
Please note that volunteer assignments will rotate throughout the day and that no volunteer will be doing the same job the entire time.
LOF could not function without our volunteers. On behalf of all our skiers near and far, we thank you for your time, hard work, and dedication. Even one day of volunteering provides life-changing opportunities for our skiers!