Eight kids attended our latest summer camp on July 6th. We had four first-time skiers and one first time-slalom skier! Thank you to Nick Adams for the stellar coaching and to our on-land volunteers for making our summer camps a success.
With one more summer camp scheduled, stay tuned for more kids’ events in the future.
We’re excited to offer an opportunity on the Treasure Coast for kids to learn and/or improve their waterskiing skills this summer. Our South Florida summer camp series is for kids ages 7-14 years old and all abilities are welcome. You can sign up for one day or multiple days, the cost is $75/day, and the dates currently open are:
Wednesday, June 15, 9:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, June 22, 9:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, July 6, 9:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, July 20, 9:30am-12:30pm
Meet Wim, one of our coaches at Hobe Lake Ski Club! With 40 years of experience in the sport of waterskiing, we are lucky to have him coaching at our ski school.
Hometown: Growing up — Humbeek, Belgium Currently — Hobe Sound, Fla.
When and where did you learn how to ski?
My dad taught me to snow ski at 3 years old and waterski at 5 years old. We always had a boat and would go out every weekend in the summer.
What is your favorite waterski memory?
There are so many great memories since I’ve been in the sport for 40 years now. It could be winning my first Nationals or European Championships, but I would say the training sessions with my dad and friends in Belgium bring back great memories.
What do you love most about the sport?
My love for the sport has evolved over the years. I love the feeling of gliding over the water, cranking a big turn and accelerating, but I also love the camaraderie and friendships that develop as a result of spending quality time together at the lake.
With winter upon us, now is a good time to get serious about getting in shape for next season.
Working out with a personal trainer may produce better results than going to the gym by yourself. A good trainer should be able to give you exercises specific to your sport and help you stay motivated through the winter months.
As we all know, core training is beneficial to us water skiers, but often we tend to overlook our legs. Strong legs are essential to maintaining a quiet upper body and powerful position in the slalom course.
Make sure to use proper technique during your workouts to prevent injury; this is another reason why it might be beneficial to work with a coach. It’s also very important to work on flexibility with a good stretching program, and then exercise your muscles through their full range of motion. Just try to have a good time doing it!
Last but not least, planning a trip here to Florida’s Treasure Coast can break up the winter just enough to get you up to speed faster next spring. You’ll forget about all the hard work you put in when you’re ripping it up and running your personal best next season.