Registration Open for Kids Water Ski Camp

A student of Steve Dolgin's 2017 Harvey's Lake Water Ski Camp holds a boom to practice getting up on skis. (Courtesy Photo)

Registration is open for July’s popular Harvey’s Lake Water Ski Camp in Barnet. The annual camp, now in its sixth year, pairs kids ages 5-17 with celebrity water skiers for three days of comprehensive instruction. Led by the legendary Steve Dolgin, creator of the renowned program, the Art of Water Skiing, the camp features professional instructors and special surprise guests. This year’s camp takes place July 9th, 10th and 11th, and is limited to 45 students.

Dolgin and his staff, including longtime instructors Don Wallace, Lucas Robillard, Kyle Berge, and Natalie Kitchel, divide the ski students into three learning groups: novice, experienced, and expert. Individualized instruction and an impressive array of learning equipment allow each student to progress at her own level. Students start in shallow water before graduating to the boat, and those who are new to waterskiing hold onto a boom until they are ready to be towed.

Dolgin credits patient skilled training and a positive environment with getting all of his students up on skis during the course of the camp. Students, many of whom return to the camp year after year, are encouraged to cheer and applaud each other, a behavior that fosters a sense of ownership in the campers’ collective success.

Each of the three water ski learning groups will meet for two hours daily on July 9th, 10th, and 11th, with an extra 15 minutes allotted for the first day. Class I will meet Monday from 8:30 to 10:45 and from 8:30 to 10:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Class II meets Monday from 11:15 to 1:30 and from 11:00 to 1:00 Tuesday and Wednesday. Class III meets from 2:00 to 4:15 on Monday and from 1:30 to 3:30 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Proceeds from Steve Dolgin’s Harvey’s Lake 3-Day Water Ski Camp are donated every year to Catamount Arts where they fund further opportunities for kids in the community. To register for Water Ski Camp, call 748-2600 or visit Tuition is $125 per student. Scholarships and financial aid are available.


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