Registration is open for July’s popular Harvey’s Lake Water Ski Camp in Barnet. The annual camp, now in its seventh 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 8th, 9th and 10th, 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 8, 9, and 10, 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 generously 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 www.catamountarts.org. Tuition is $125 per student. Scholarships and financial aid are available.