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Accessible Water Skiing on the Gold Coast: How to get involved


As an NDIS Exercise Physiologist on the Gold Coast, I’m always looking for fun and exciting ways my clients can stay active in the community. For people with physical disabilities and vision impairments, accessible water skiing ticks all the boxes.


What is Accessible Water Skiing?

Accessible water skiing is a modified version of traditional water skiing that caters to individuals with various abilities. This program uses specially designed equipment and methods to ensure that everyone, regardless of their physical condition or vision, can participate in the activity.


Who is Accessible Water Skiing For?

The Tweed River's accessible water skiing program, managed by the NSW Water Ski Federation, welcomes individuals from all age brackets. It's tailored to accommodate those with physical disabilities and vision impairments. Whether you're a beginner just starting out or someone with prior water skiing experience, this program is designed to suit everyone's needs.


How to Get Involved

Disabled Water Skiing Experiences In NSW

The NSW Water Ski Federation – Disabled Division offers a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to immerse themselves in water skiing. Here are the specifics of their program:

  • When: The program runs between October and April, with 6 open Ski days planned throughout the water ski season.

    • 28 October 2023

    • 25 November 2023

    • 20 January 2024

    • 17 February 2024

    • 23 Marth 2024

Where: Tweed River: 7-9 Chinderah Bay Dr, Chinderah, NSW, 2487


Cost: First-time skiers pay $50, which covers a day membership and ski costs for 2 sessions. Various membership options are available for returning skiers, with costs varying based on the chosen package.


Equipment: The organization holds an array of modified sit skis, life jackets, ski ropes, and handles to cater to the needs of every participant.


Booking: There's a limit of 10 skier spots per ski day. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure a spot, contact Sharon via email at sharonpaterson1@hotmail.com or mobile at 0412 966712. Payments and membership forms need to be submitted in advance.


Additional Info: You don't need to be a swimmer, but water confidence is essential. On Ski Days at Tweed River, a sausage sizzle lunch is available.


Things to Bring:

  • Swimwear (boardies, singlets, etc.)

  • Towels

  • Sunscreen and hat

  • Chairs

  • Money for lunch

  • Change of clothes

  • Note: Accessible toilets are available at all ski sites.

For those interested in seeing their loved ones in action or simply enjoying the day, family and friends are welcome to join.

Water skiing offers participants the opportunity to engage with both wind and water. The NSW Water Ski Federation – Disabled Division ensures this activity is available to all, regardless of abilities. The Tweed River program provides ample opportunities if you're considering participating or volunteering. Join in and experience it for yourself.




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