Participation in SkiAbility Ottawa

Who can participate?

  • Anyone with a disability whether it be physical, sensory or cognitive and any level of disability.
  • Any age.   [ Some of the adaptive equipment, sit-skis and cages, used in our program. ]
  • New to water skiing or experienced
  • Competitive athletes.

Some examples of disabilities that can be accepted include:

  • Paraplegic
  • Visually impaired or blind
  • Quadriplegic - arm strength, lack of, or hand grip is not an issue.
  • Mobility issues such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and spinal cord injuries
  • Deafness
  • Autism and developmentally delayed

Participation and Registration:

Information and Registration sessions will be held prior to the start of the season -- check the Schedule for date and location details. To register for the program follow the directions in the Registration page (see left menu).

For more information, please email us at or call Ross at 613-692-4898. Please provide the following information when sending email or leaving a message:

  • Your full name -- and the participants full name if you are applying for them
  • Contact information (all that apply - eg. home and cell phone and emails)
  • Age
  • A brief description of the disability
  • Prior skiing experience if any (include any snow skiing)
  • Any preferences or other information pertinent to a first assessment

Once we have your request you will be contacted within a few days by one A practice fitting session! A sit-ski cage should fit "like a ski boot". of the team members.


  • The particpant should be somewhat comfortable in the water while wearing a flotation device such as a life jacket or ski vest.
  • The participant must be able to accept instructions at least at some basic level.
  • A roll-over test, wearing a PFD (personal flotation device) may be required.
  • Heavier skiers, over 90 kg, need to be somewhat independent for transfers etc.

In the event that the assessment team feels that personal safety may be at risk, the candiate may be asked to consider other programs where risk may be lower.

Please email or call Ross Holden at 613-692-4898 if you require assistance, have questions or need more information.