Sunshine Splash News

LOF's Orlando based event directly enables men and women with physical disabilities to use adaptive equipment to partake in recreational water sporting challenge, no experience necessary. This event is designed to develop peer networking, facilitate holistic healing, promote healthy lifestyles, and build...

Wish List

Here’s our Wish List of equipment and supplies we could use. iPad or iPad mini Gas Cards Digital LCD projector Home Depot/ Lowes gift cards Walmart, Costco or Staples Gift Cards Ski goggles (must be new) Ski gloves (all sizes, must be in good condition) Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera 40-42″ Flat Screen TV (for playing training videos) Paper goods & lunch supplies (paper plates, napkins, cups, utensils) If you or your business can help with any of these items, please contact us at (203)426-0666 or email...

Dam Buster, Waterski-A-Thon – September 12, 2015

Words can not express how proud we are of the 20 skiers and 25+ volunteers who participated in LOF Adaptive Skiers’ 1st Annual Dam Busters Waterski-A-Thon on Saturday, Sept. 12 on Lake Zoar. This was a first of its kind endurance waterski fundraising event, with skiers attempting a 22 mile ski run from the Shepaug Dam to Stevenson Dam and back.  The skiers and our volunteer staff in the boats were amazing!  With no practice run, the talented skiers went the distance safely thanks to the crews and made this a truly unforgettable event. In addition to able bodied skiers who came from PA, NY, NJ and CT, we had three participants with spinal cord injuries, one veteran with both hands missing due to war injuries, and two completely blind local skiers. Over $2,000 was raised for LOF Adaptive Skiers from this event. Special thanks to the Marine Police Escorts courtesy of the Lake Zoar Authority, to Candlewood East Marina, Danbury PowerSports, and Dunkin Donuts for their support–and to the NewsTimes for their awesome news coverage of our event >view NewsTimes story. >Click here to view our Dam Busters photo album Original Post About Dam Busters: An 11 & 22 mile Waterski-A-Thon from Shepaug Dam to Stevenson Dam to Benefit Disabled Athletes REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. NO DAY OF REGISTRATION   Start/Finish: LOF site, Lake Zoar (Directions).  Advanced Registration required.  Day-Of Registration will NOT be available. Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (skiers should arrive no later than 8:15 AM to prepare) ski marathon; 12 PM-5 PM volunteer appreciation party. Cost: Skiers can make a donation of either $25, $35, $50, or $75.  All proceeds benefit LOF’s adaptive...

Skier Spotlight: Winter Sports Programs

Every day we are inspired by individuals who redefine what it means to have a disability. This page is about our skiers and what adaptive sports means to them. Skier Feature: Lynn Simoneau, Newtown, CT Skier Feature: John Vacca, Poughkeepsie, NY January 20 Sit Ski Program...

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Find out about the latest events and adaptive sports opportunities from LOF Adaptive by signing up to receive our FREE e-Newsletter today! Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Last Name * Organization   >Click here to view the latest LOF Adaptive Skiers...

SKI NEWTOWN – Sept. 19, 2015

Waterski Tournament for Kids Ages 7-18  Waterski and Wakeboard Lessons (barefoot, singles, slalom) Eichler’s Cove on Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook, CT.   Sept. 19, 2015 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. DAY-OF REGISTRATION NOT PERMITTED In partnership with Newtown Parks & Recreation, LOF Adaptive Skiers is hosting “SKI NEWTOWN”: a water sports event for Newtown children (able bodied and disabled) ages 7-18 . This event is designed to teach beginners how to waterski or wakeboard and help intermediate skiers/boarders advance to the next level. Fee: $30 Eligibility: Newtown residents only, kids 7-18.  Children will need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.  We will provide all equipment, including coast guard-approved life vests. Schedule of Events: Arrival 9:00AM 9:30AM- 12:00pm:  Beginners learn to Ski.  Advanced Skiers will be given instruction on one-ski, trick ski or barefoot. Wakeboarders will practice wake jumps and board turns. Lunch 12pm-1pm 1pm-3:30pm: Lessons continued along with fun multiple...
Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

Save the Date for the Second Annual Tournament of Champions August 28, 2015 in Sandy Hook CT!  This event is a  grassroots waterski tournament for beginner-intermediate sit skiers.  Click here to register. Both the training & tournament will take place on Friday, August 28th The event will be held on Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook, CT Please arrive promptly at 8 AM Friday morning for check in/registration The morning will consist of a Training Session starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 11:30 AM Lunch will be served from 11:45 AM-12:45 PM The afternoon will consist of the Tournament starting at 1:00 PM and ending at 4:00 PM In 2014, sixteen skiers came from across the Northeast region to compete in this competition, which took place August 22 and 23rd on Lake Lillinonah in Southbury, CT.  The skiers brought some serious game to this Tournament and impressed us with their skill and incredibly positive energy and spirit.  >Click here for photo album. Congratulations to our Podium Finishers! Competition Results: Class 1: 1st place: Jared Coppola 2nd place: George Taborsky 3rd place:  Victor Pena Class 2: 1st place: Ken White 2nd place: Brent Cote 3rd place: Woody Wood Class 3: 1st place: Bryan Genovese 2nd place: Sara Tabor 3rd place: Mark Collier   Categories: Class I:  Complete motor loss at T-7 or above or comparable disability where there is total loss of muscle function originating at or above T-7. Class II:  Complete motor loss originating at T-8 and descending through and including L-2 where there may be motor power of hips and thighs. Also included in this class are amputees with bilateral hip disarticulation. Class III:  All other physical disabilities as related to lower extremity paralysis...
Soaring With The Eagles Day Camp  June 22-25 2015

Soaring With The Eagles Day Camp June 22-25 2015

Soaring with the Eagles is a multi-day water sports day camp designed for visually impaired and blind kids, ages 6-17.  Specializing in adaptive water sports for more than 20 years, LOF Adaptive Skiers will  teach both beginner and intermediate waterski and wakeboard instruction at this event, which will take place on our safe, clean lakeside headquarters on Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook, CT. Registration and Student Bio Form Prior to skiing/boarding, students will participate in a safety course, which will focus on boat communication signals, proper fitting of life jackets and ski/board equipment, flotation techniques, and recognizing body fatigue. Water sports instruction will be given by certified instructors, and the camp program is fully insured. The camp concludes with awards. Testimonials “This program greatly exceeded my expectations, not only because my daughter achieved her goal, but because of your ability to get your previous students to talk to the group and the impressive number of volunteers to make the program rule so smoothly and quickly for the students.” “This was an amazing program and [my son] left feeling empowered and looking forward to the next opportunity to waterski again.” “The most memorable part for my son was wake boarding and actually launching off the dock to start. He hasn’t stopped bragging about that…(thank You)” “I first heard about LOF Adaptive their work teaching the blind to waterski when my son, Alex was 10. Today at 26, it is his favorite sport/ pastime and he skis slalom any opportunity he can get. It was life changing and a confidence builder. Alex finds it exhilarating… the speed… the wind in his face…...
May 31 LOF Volunteer Training

May 31 LOF Volunteer Training

On May 31 2014  LOF Adaptive hosted its Annual Training Day at Lake Zoar for all individuals who plan to volunteer and participate in our adaptive sports programs. Instruction covered new training methods and requirements with an emphasis on safety....
1 Day Boating & PWC Course

1 Day Boating & PWC Course

Click here to download Registration Form Once a year, LOF Adaptive Skiers hosts a 1 day Connecticut Safe Boating and Personal Water Craft course for individuals wishing to obtain a CT Safe Boating Certificate required by the CT DEEP to operate a boat or personal watercraft in the state. The course is taught by certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors and covers: Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics. Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements. Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices (“life jackets”); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment. Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety. Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC “tunnel vision.” Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems. Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types...