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Opportunity Details

Sports & Recreation
People with Disabilities, Military/Veterans

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Adaptive Water-Skiing Volunteer Instructor

Questions? Contact Camille Cauchois, Program Manager at or 530-581-4161x5

Position(s) Overview and Impact: Assist individuals with disabilities participating in adaptive waterskiing at Wake Island in North Sacramento. Volunteers will work directly with participants, helping them to find success in each activity.

General Qualifications: It is not necessary for you to have experience teaching people with disabilities how to water-ski, however applicants must possess strong swimming skills, and be comfortable in the water for a prolonged period of time. As a 501©(3) non-profit, we ask that each volunteer be committed to fundraising in a way that is meaningful to them, so that we are able to uphold our mission statement of keeping their recreational opportunities affordable for individuals with disabilities.

Training and Support Provided: Achieve Tahoe offers all the training necessary to become a water ski volunteer. All new volunteers are required to attend 2 days of training.

Benefits of Volunteering: You will be helping Achieve Tahoe provide recreational opportunities to people with disabilities who would not otherwise be able to participate in.  You will be making a positive impact on someone’s life every time you volunteer.

To Apply: Fill out a volunteer profile at or email

  1. Adaptive Water-Skiing Instructor  

Location: Private Water Ski Lake at Wake Island, North  Sacramento

  1. You will assist with the set up and tear down of the program
  2. Fit participants into proper gear and provide instruction.
  3. Work for extended hours in the sun and heat or other variable conditions
  4. Be comfortable in the water for prolonged periods of time
  5. Work as a starter*/jumper*
    1. Starter – assists the skier to attain the correct body position for starting and may assist the skier with balance while waiting for the start. A water Starter may “drag” a short distance behind the skier to assist with balance after the skier starts. Upon the conclusion of the lesson, Water Starters will meet or “catch” the returning skier and assist him/her to the shoreline. This position requires strong swimmers and individuals that will be comfortable getting in and out of the water for long periods of time
    2. Jumper -Jumpers perform all the duties of water starters with the extra task of entering the water from a chase boat to assist a skier that has fallen. The jumper is the first person to get to a fallen skier and should be trained in emergency water safety techniques. Although injuries are very rare, skiers that have just fallen may be frightened or disoriented.

The minimum commitment we ask of our volunteers for our water-skiing program is 6 days (including two mandatory training days).

  • Training Dates (2 required for new water ski volunteers, 1 required for returning water ski volunteers): May 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2020
  • Program Dates: June 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20thJuly 17th, 18th, 19th; August 7th, 8th, 9th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 2020
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