Missouri Disabled Water Ski Clinic

by Rusty Ezzell

Good day to you all. I wanted to write a little thank you to the Missouri Disabled Water Ski Clinic. If you haven't had a chance to go out to Creve Coeur Lake the last weekend of July you should mark it on you calendar and go. Between the staff, and the volunteers it’s a wonderful time. They have skis for all skill levels. They will help you get fitted for the appropriate ski and teach you how to use it. I used a beginner ski which didn't stop me from drinking half the lake but after a few tries I was able to get up on the water and make it around the lake a couple of times. It’s a thrilling experience to say the least. They also had plenty of food and water and everything that you would need to have a great day. I rode a 264 horse power jet ski. It was amazingly fast and super cool. I got to take it around the lake a couple times. You don't really know how exhilarating it is until you are going 62mph on the open water. I ride a Harley and I was completely blown away.

The staff and volunteers will help you in any way they can. From getting you fitted to the right ski to helping you get to the water. They are very knowledgeable about the skis and are more than willing to help you. They have a group of people that will follow you while you ski and help you get back onto your ski so you can continue on with your adventure. I have to give a special shout to the guys that followed me. When I first started out, I fell more times than I care to admit. Those guys promptly jumped in the water after me to make sure I was okay and then get you set up to get back behind the boat. They were the best for sure. The food was delish and there was plenty to be had by all.

If you are a disabled Veteran the cost is covered for the event. Its a two day event that  covers training and some skiing on Friday and then all day skiing, tubing, and jet skiing on Saturday. It can be a bit scary at first but if you trust the staff and volunteers you will have a great time, no doubt.

So having said all that I want to say thank you again to all the volunteers and staff that were out at Creve Coeur lake on July 29-30th. It was a great time and I had a lot of fun. You can count on me to be there next year for sure.