Posts Tagged ‘disabled skier’

Volunteering at a Disabled Waterski Clinic

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Rewarding, life changing, all around fantastic experience!

Lauren, Wildman Willie, and Keith

Keith St. Onge andLauren Lindeman volunteered at a disabled waterski clinic in St. Louis, MO.  The event was called Summer Splash 2011 and it was a blast!

First things first we had to learn how to help and what to do exactly with the disabled skiers.  Good thing we had some practice with a few of the veteran skiers.  Here is what we learned:

1. How to postion the skier into the ski.  Their ski’s are extremely buoyant so we had to submerge the ski to get them into it.

2. Multiple ways to tie the rope on. Some need it long to hold onto and others are not capable to hold onto it. If that is the case then they are put on a pin in the boat that can release the rope.

3. Signals and signs

4. How to start the skier is most important and it depends on the shape and size of the board.

5. Techniques for helping a fallen skier.  A jet ski follows next to the skier and if the fall a volunteer will jump off the jet ski and help the individual back into the ski.

Learning Skier Position

Doug has been skiing for many years.  Unfortunately Doug was not allowed to ski this year because of Doctors orders since he had recent shoulder surgery.  Doug and Lauren made the best of the beautiful day and did some swimming.  Doug worked on treading water which is great rehab for his shoulder.

Doug and Lauren

Treading Water

Offering a helping hand is an important part of life!  Do what you can today to help others, it makes a difference!

Giving a helping hand

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman