Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

Want to Volunteer at a Barefoot Water Ski Tournament?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Attention all barefoot skiers and supporters.   We need your help!  Are you aware of how many volunteers are needed to put on a tournament?  Answer: more than we have!

In the past few years Mike Holt has put together judging, scoring, homologating, driving and safety clinics, get involved we NEED you!  There is no need to be a skier in order to help.  If you are a skier, the more knowledgeable you will be about how tournaments are run.

What is the right fit for you?  Here are some bullet points that might give you a little more incite.

  • Are you precise? Love to measure things? Homologation is for you!
  • Do you have a good eye and an awareness of the rules?  Think about judging, tricks, slalom and even jump.
  • Hanging out on shore, looking over score sheets and marking with red pen, this sounds like a teachers job.  Scorer is easy and done in a groupJ
  • Are you a good swimmer, nurse, or paramedic?  Our tournaments can’t happen without a Safety person on site.
  • Do you like to sit in the drivers seat?  Are you a good listener for instructions and drive skiers as asked?  Any drivers out there?

Please let someone in your region know if you are interested in pursuing any of the suggestion above. Contact information for regions can be found here: Regional Directors. We will send you in the right direction and get you going on becoming certified to help!  This summer, Mike Holt has many USA clinics planned in Florida. Visit his website at Barefoot Water-Ski.  Contact Mike at mike (at)mikeholt.com and sign up.  Everyone is invited!   Mark your calendars–we would love to see you!

Sunday June 29th– Scorers Clinic

July 11th– Driver Clinic

July 25th– Level 2 Judges Clinic

Lauren St. Onge

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