The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted water sports program for individuals with physical and neurological disabilities offered in Arizona.
Now in its 22nd year, Day on the Lake serves more than 235 people with disabilities and another 350 family members or caregivers during its summer series, offered twice each year – the weekend after Memorial Day, and the weekend after Labor Day.
For three days each session, participants ages 3 and up are instructed on adapted waterskiing, jet skiing, tubing, kayaking, boating, wakeboarding and fishing.
Last year adaptive surfing was offered for the first time, with great response from participants.The program is held at Bartlett Lake, the Valley’s most wheelchair accessible marina.
The program is need of 12 specialized lifejackets, 30 ski jackets, a battery for the electric Hoyer lift, three quick releases for the ski boats, two surfboards, two adapted paddleboards and three standard paddleboards.
A grant from A Community Thrives would be used to support and build the adapted surfing and paddle boarding activities during Day on the Lake.The adapted surfing activity is still being developed.
We are currently able to offer this activity to participants with physical and neurological disabilities, but we are in need of additional funds to purchase 10 adapted wake surf boards, at a cost of $399 each.
Additionally, we’d like to be able to offer adapted paddle boarding to children and adults of various ability levels. It’s a fun and appropriate activity for all aptitude levels, and we’d like to develop this activity within the Day on the Lake program.