Volunteers for SkiAbility Ottawa:

SkiAbilityOttawa is entirely volunteer driven. It relies on the generous donation of personal time by many many volunteers in order for the program to be a success.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the SkiAbility Ottawa program to be held this summer.   [ Volunteers getting a boat ready at the dock! Boom on, tower and bimini in place, safety equipment checked. ]

We need YOU!

If you ...

  • are an active person that enjoys outside activities
  • enjoy assisting persons with a disability and seeing them achieve new goals.
  • can participate for half, or full days, for at least 3 Saturdays during July and August.
  • enjoy the fun and comradeship of group activities.
  • would prefer to help "behind the scenes" with some adminiatration.
  • are of age 16 years or more. (For ages less than 16, enquire about Assistant Volunteer positions.)

... then we invite YOU to join the fun!

Volunteers do not need skiing or boating skills to be active volunteers. We provide the training, and the participants provide the fun. We encourage participants to also volunteer when practical. Volunteers will have opportunities to ski or board.

Although most tasks do not need specific skills, we need a few volunteers with one or more of the following skills:

  • Skiers and/or wakeboarders, possibly with some instruction experience
  • Boat/ PWC driver (Boaters Certification card required)
  • Water safety / lifeguard skills
  • Camp or day program leader skills
  • French language communication
  • Sign language (ASL) - some skill if not fluent

Is this for YOU? -- We hope so!

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please send an email to Volunteers@SkiAbilityOttawa.ca or call Ross Holden at 613-692-4898.
Please provide your name and all appropriate contact info.
Please state if you can make it for the training day (see below) If in doubt, register and come out for the training day.

More Details: Sit-skier waves to the camera while the chase boat, with jumper, is ready to assist the skier.

Information and Registration:

  • We hold one or more information and registration evets each year ... check the shedule for the dates and locations or
  • Complete the Registration process at the bottom of this page or
  • Send an email to Volunteers@SkiAbilityOttawa.ca   Please provide your name and all appropriate contact info.


We offer one or more training clinics each year so volunteers can get the expierience they have been asking for. Check the Schedule for details.
When possible we also include ski improvement days and other opportunities for volunteers to improve their skiing or boarding skills. Note:

  • New volunteers should attend one training session if possible.
  • Returning volunteers are encouraged toattend at least one trining session and may attend more than one, space dependent.
  • New volunteers who cannot attend a training session should discuss their situation with Ross (info@skiAbilityOttawa.ca) as on-the-job training can be an option.
  • For the training dates see Schedule.

Volunteer  tasks:

Some of the tasks that volunteers will be trained for include:

  • Shore based tasks:
    • Co-ordinator
    • Assistant
    • Fitter -- preparing the adaptive equipment per skier requirements
    • Starter -- assisting participants to be ready to ski
    • Shore instructor -- dry land training
    • Photographer/videographer
  • On the water tasks
    • Boat driver
    • Instructor
    • Assistant
    • PWC/chase boat driver
    • Jumper
    • Water starter
    • Side skier
  • Organizational tasks
    • Volunteer registration
    • Participant registration
    • Treasurer
    • Community liaison
    • Media liason
    • Funding co-ordinator
    • Webmaster
    • Translation services (English to French)
    • Photographer

Registration for volunteers:

  1. Complete this Membership Application form (MS word) and email to Volunteers@SkiAbilityOttawa.ca
  2. Give us your volunteer days by filling in this Session availability form and email to Volunteers@SkiAbilityOttawa.ca
  3. On your first visit, you will be asked to sign, in the presence of a club official, the appropriate waiver .
  4. Sign-up for volunteer training if at all possible (see Schedule)
[ Barry is a volunteer and a participant. Here he is attaching his prosthetic "water leg". ]   Registration Notes:
  • Membership and waiver need only be completed once per season
  • Check our Privacy Policy  here.
  • The Session Availability form is key to our advance planning and provides. Take your best shot at it and then, if your schedule changes, resubmit a revised form.
  • You may volunteeer by full days or half days. Half days are 8:00 to noon and noon to 4:00 unless otherwise specified
  • SkiAbility Ottawa is covered under the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada.(WSWC) third party liability insurance for clubs. SkiAbility Ottawa will ensure that all regular members are a registered member of WSWC and, thus, included under this coverage. SkiAbility Ottawa will register, and pay the user fee, for all regular volunteers who do not otherwise need to be WSWC members. Membership is achived by registering with a provincial organization such as the Ontario Water Ski Association (OWSA) at the "club" or "competitive" levels

Please email Volunteers@SkiAbilityOttawa.ca or call Ross Holden at 613-692-4898 if you require assistance, have questions or need more information.