CAN I RIDE?

The short answer is ‘Yes you can!’

Our aim is to introduce people to the wonderful world of waterskiing and wakeboarding, regardless of physical or learning ability.

We have a comprehensive range of adaptive equipment, which our experienced instructors will explain and set-up with you. They continue to support and teach in the water to make your first time as easy as possible.

To get started all you need is your swim gear, a towel and lots of enthusiasm! 

We provide wetsuits (or drysuits), buoyancy aids, helmets, skis & wakeboards.

There are regular sessions at the national as well as the regional centres, which provide an opportunity to learn. BDWWA instructors and helpers are on hand all day to provide instruction tailored to individual skiers needs. 

Don’t fancy skiing or wakeboarding? A ride on an inflatable can be so much fun!

If you’re nervous about anything, call us on 01784 483664

Adaptive Equipment

 

When a student learns to waterski, they are first assessed to determine which equipment will best suit their individual needs. Trained volunteers check strength, mobility, and balance, talk with the student about his or her goals

There is a variety of adaptive ski equipment available that allows individuals with physical disabilities to enjoy waterskiing or wakeboarding

Sit skis:
  • Suitable for anyone who is unable to ski standing up
  • A range of frames in different sizes are available
  • The frames bolt onto a ski -  wide, stable skis to narrow, competitive skis 
  • Usually the student would start with an instructor either side of them to provide stability
  • Progress to using only one instructor and solo skiing is encouraged when possible
The Edge Triple Bar:
  • Designed by the late Tony Edge, founder of the B.D.W.S.A. and first used in 1980
  • Effective with single leg or arm amputees, blind, deaf, and other disabilities who are able to walk 
  • The pupil uses the centre handle with two strong ski instructors on either side 
  • Progress to using only one instructor and solo skiing is encouraged when possible
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The Delger Sling:
  • Developed in the mid-70s
  • Effective for those with hand or arm amputations and for those with a poor or no grip
  • Although waterskiing is possible with only one hand it is much easier to learn when a Delger sling is used to give a symmetrical pull to the upper body

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The Cape Reamol:

  • Another method for people who have problems with hand grip

  • Takes away 50% of the pull from the boat

  • People can ski much longer without the strong pull of the handle

  • For stand skiing it can be used with a waist harness, for seated skiing it can be attached to a chest harness

  • Is equipped with an automatic quick release

Boom Bar

  • A long metal arm that extends out of the side of the boat - standard use with beginner able-bodied skiers

  • For those who are able to use regular waterskis or wakeboards

  • Allows beginner-level students to ski/ ride without having to first master the ski rope

  • Allows an instructor in the boat to coach while the student skis/ rides

  • Ski tip connectors can also be used to make things easier

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