Volunteer Activities

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TYPES OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Adaptive Skiing / Snowboarding

Give your edge a purpose by volunteering in adaptive skiing or snowboarding! Volunteers in our ski programs serve as ski and snowboard instructors during an 8-week lesson series.

Adaptive ski and snowboard volunteers provide a safe, fun, and positive learning experience for Adaptive Sports Connection’s program participants. As a volunteer, you will be paired with an experienced instructor and will use lesson plans and outlines to help participants improve their skills on the snow, complete regular progress reports to track their successes, and comply with all program safety regulations.

Lessons are offered at Mad River Mountain and Snow Trails Resort every Saturday in January and February.

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 15.
  • Volunteers of any skiing or boarding ability are welcome and will be matched with lead instructors and adaptive participants based on their skills.
  • Volunteers receive free lift ticket and rentals if needed on the day they volunteer. Registration for free tickets and rentals closes Friday at noon each week.
  • In addition to the 8-week series, we also offer special Friday or Sunday veteran events up to 2 times per season.
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Training:

Ski and board volunteers are required to attend one dryland training (typically offered in October and November) and up to two days of on-hill training (weekends in December as soon as the hills are open). Training requirements decrease with volunteer experience.

Cycling

Give your pedal a purpose! There are a number of ways to get involved in our cycling programs ranging from working with kids to learn to ride a bike to being a buddy rider to participants at our Glacier Ridge bike program.

Strider RideOn Program:

This 6-week series is designed to help participants gain the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently utilizing Strider bikes. As a volunteer, you will be working with participants on cycling safety, rules of the road, balance on the cycle, braking, and handling skills.

This series is held at Adaptive Sports Connection Adventure Center and at various parks around the Metro Area. Minimum age to volunteer is 15. A training will be held 20 minutes before each session and attendance is required to volunteer.

Glacier Ridge Rides:

Adaptive Sport Connection offers bike rides at Glacier Ridge Metro Park on the second and fourth Saturday from May – September for participants with disabilities and their families. Volunteers are needed to assist with cycle maintenance, basic bike fittings, and to be a buddy rider with a participant and their family if needed.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Basic cycling knowledge is helpful but not required.

Bike Evaluator:

Adaptive Sports Connection provides adaptive bikes children and adults in the Central Ohio area. Volunteers are needed monthly or at special events to perform evaluations to determine which style of bike is best suited to their needs.

Minimum age to volunteer is 18.

Click here to fill out a bike evaluator form and we will contact you regarding training. (coming soon)

One-Time Events/Demo Days:

We host numerous one-time cycling days to our Custom Events partners as well as Demo Days where participants can come try our cycles for free. Volunteers are often needed to help setup cycles, assist participants in selecting a cycle, making adjustments to the bike, and guiding participants as they ride.

These events are offered throughout the year, check out the UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page to view specific opportunities.

Kayaking

Give your paddle a purpose while assisting participants to advance their paddling skills.

Kayaking volunteers will act as equipment handlers, safety managers, companion paddlers, and captains of tandem kayaks and provide overall supervision of participants on the water. We offer an open kayaking program every Tuesday and every other Saturday of the month from June-September.

In addition to our weekly paddling sessions, we offer several kayak days through our Custom Event partners throughout the week. We also hold monthly offsite adventure kayak trips, and two large events, Watersports Weekend (July 19-21) and Everybody Paddles.

Minimum age to volunteer is 15.

A TAASC (The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition) volunteer helps Laura Krietemeyer out onto the water for  an evening kayaking adventure on the Scioto River on July 28, 2015.  Laura is disabled and volunteers for TAASC. (Chris Russell/Dispatch Photo)

Training:

New volunteers are required to attend one dry-land training and one on-water training in late May. Optional in-pool sessions are also available for new volunteers to get more comfortable in a kayak or for returning volunteers to learn advanced rescue techniques. Additionally, Adaptive Sports Connection will offer additional on-water training on the 3rd Thursday of each month June-August.

Sailing

Set Sail for a purpose with Adaptive Sports Connection!

The Small Boat Sailing Program is a fun opportunity for participants and volunteers to try something new and learn to sail, share sailing skills and knowledge they already have, or just get out on the water and have fun!

Volunteers will act as shore help, equipment crews, sailing assistants or lead skippers depending on their skills, training, and desire. Sailing programs will alternate between Saturday and Sunday every week during the summer. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed!

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Training:

Volunteers will be trained in all necessary areas to reach the level of training they desire to achieve.There will be preseason on land and in water training for anybody interested in the sailing program. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for dates and times. Additional on-request sailing training and practice throughout the season will be available to give volunteers as many practice and skill building opportunities as possible. More written resources are available on the Training and Resources page.

Other Water Sports

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Paddleboarding

Through a partnership with Project 908, Adaptive Sports Connection offers paddleboarding lessons during our summer kayaking program! Our paddleboards are stable enough for beginners to learn the skills and balance for paddleboarding, while either standing or sitting on the board! Please indicate on your kayaking registration if you are interested in paddleboarding!

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Water Skiing

Our annual water ski camp is held in June at the Adaptive Sports Connection Adventure Center and on the Scioto River as a part of the Water Sports Weekend.

We also partner with Three Trackers of Ohio for a waterskiing clinic in August in the Cleveland area and the Christian Amputee Support Team (CAST) for an annual water ski event at White Sulfur Springs in July.

Adaptive Sports Connection has a variety of equipment for youth and adult sit skiers and stand up skiers. Lessons are provided by our volunteers, many of whom have adaptive water ski certifications and experience.

Climbing

Adaptive Sports Connection partners with Capstone Climbing group to offer adaptive climbing in the Columbus Metro area.

Climbing is typically offered a few times a month at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park climbing wall. We have adaptive equipment and professional instructors to support any climber of any ability!

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