Description: The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association (WSDA), a sport discipline organization within USA Water Ski, has developed the Level 1 Adaptive Water Ski Certification Program, which includes a comprehensive manual and testing materials. This manual is intended to introduce adapted water skiing equipment and teaching progressions to persons of all interests and levels of water skiing ability.
Primarily, it is designed for individuals with previous experience teaching water skiing. USA Water Ski Level 1 Water Ski Instructor's certification is a prerequisite for the Adaptive Coach’s Certification. Much of the information contained in the manual is not about skiing, but about the idiosyncrasies of teaching water skiing to students with physical disabilities.
Secondarily, this manual assists individuals having experience working with persons with disabilities in gaining a basic understanding of adapted water skiing techniques. Agency supervisors and recreation or camp directors considering a "learn to ski" program for people with disabilities will gain an understanding of the requirements of such a program. Directors of ski schools for the able bodied will learn adaptive water ski coaching progressions, the proper use of specialized ski equipment, and basic information about the most common disabilities, transfers and precautions.
The manual is not intended to satisfy the coach of competitive oriented skiers.
Self-Study Course is sent via U.S. Mail
Requirements: To become a Level 1 Adaptive Water Ski Instructor, an individual must:
- be a currently rated USA Water Ski Level 1 Water Ski Instructor
- be a current USA Water Ski Active member (http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/Join.html)
- pass the Level 1 Adaptive Water Ski Instructor Self-Study Course
Annual Renewal Requirements: To maintain Level 1 Adaptive Water Ski Instructor certification, an individual simply needs to meet the requirements for the Level 1 AWSA Instructor's Certification.