2019 Water Ski Volunteer
Water Skiing Unlimited is a water ski program for individuals with diverse abilities. This program provides access to the sport of water skiing for many blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic and developmentally disabled individuals who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to share in this exhilarating activity. With the help of the trained volunteers and adaptive equipment, there are very few disabilities that would prevent participation in the sport of water skiing. The minimum age to participate is 7 years old.

Volunteer Opportunities:
We need strong swimmers in all levels of water ski ability to help individuals with disabilities enjoy the sport of water skiing. Minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old. We ask that every Skiing Unlimited volunteer give at least one Saturday in the water ski season to help with the program. The day begins at 8:30AM and ends at about 3:00PM.

Program Location:
All ski trips are held at Modesto Reservoir, 18143 Reservoir Rd, Waterford, 95386. Take a left after the entrance gate and go as far as possible to the back (paved road turns into gravel). Allow at least 15 minutes to get to this location. You will see our group there, ready to ski. Everyone meets on the Saturday morning of the trip at 9:30AM for the morning session and 12:30PM for the afternoon session, to coordinate volunteers with participants and organize the session. The Society for disABILITIES does not provide transportation for this program. A parent, guardian or attendant must bring the participant to Modesto Reservoir.

How do I learn what to do?
All training is done at Modesto Reservoir on the day you volunteer, there will be experienced and trained volunteers to assist you. It’s fun! We appreciate your willingness to give your valuable time and talent for this program.

What do I bring?
We do recommend you bring sunscreen, water shoes, swimming clothes or wetsuit if you have one and a chair or blanket for shade. Prepare for a day at the reservoir. Please bring a healthy snack or dish to share at lunch. Alcohol is NOT permitted during this event.

What should I leave at home?
Please do not bring jet skis or boats without prior approval; or only if requested to do so by the Society office. To insure absolute safety, unauthorized personal ski boats and jet skis are not allowed in the water for the adapted ski clients. These are NOT family ski days. Leave the alcohol at home as well; no drinking of alcohol is allowed when we are skiing with our clients.

What happens next?
You will get an email or a call (if no email is available) the Friday of the week before your scheduled ski date to remind you that you are committed to volunteer the following Saturday. Please reply via email or call to confirm you are coming. All cancellations need to be made by the Monday of the week of the trip. Always remember the clients count on you, and we need you to honor your commitment. Volunteers need to be at the ski site by 8:30AM.

What if a trip is cancelled?
The office will make every effort to contact you if it is not reasonable to go forward with the trip because of weather issues or an inadequate volunteer base. Sometimes this decision is not made until the Friday before the trip. If you are unsure, please call the office. Emails will also be sent to all participating volunteers.

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