WATER SPORTS PROGRAM

Join us for fun in the sun and on the water.

For 2021 we are offering two water sports program opportunities:

  • Water Sports Days on Echo Lake
  • Individual Skills Sessions on Whitefish Lake

Click on the programs below to learn more.

General EEC

  • Individual lives with a long-term disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors.
  • Individual is 5 years old, or older.
  • Individual is cleared by their doctor to participate in designated activity.
  • While participating with DREAM programs, individual can refrain from risky behavior that pose a threat to themselves and others including: aggressive behavior, ignoring safety precautions identified by instructors, drug/alcohol use, inability to set boundaries pertaining to their physical ability and needs.
  • Individual can contribute to a safe learning environment. Harassment and abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Individual can follow instructions given by instructors independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can wear all protective equipment required for the activity.
  • Individual can manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can breathe independently and does not require medical devices to sustain breathing.

DREAM reserves the right to request that a guardian/caregiver be accessible to program staff while the athlete is participating in the program.
* For the use of this document, a companion can be a personal support person, family member, or friend and excludes any and all DREAM instructors or assistants.

Water Sports/Paddle Program-EEC

  • Be able to hold head upright without head/neck support
  • Be able to maintain closed mouth/lips while underwater
  • Be able to turn from face down to face up independently in water, while wearing a properly fitted life vest
  • Have the ability to remain seated and balanced in/on a watercraft (with or without adaptive equipment)
  • Be able to reenter a capsized watercraft independently or with the assistance of others

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

Dates:   July 20th-22nd
(Friday, July 23rd is for Military Veterans and family members only; Vets register here)

Where:  Thompson’s Private Property, Echo Lake in Bigfork (directions will be sent prior to event)

Time:  10am to 3pm

Event description:

Enjoy some relaxing time in the shade of the Thompson’s property and then head down to the docks for some paddling or motorized fun.  It’s a “choose your own adventure” program!

Daily Activities include:  

  • Water skiing 
  • Wakeboarding
  • Kneeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Pontoon Boat Rides
  • Kayaking
  • Paddling boarding
  • Swimming  

Adaptive and standard equipment, lunch, and life jackets provided.  Please note: There are stairs to get to each dock, however, our team of volunteers will work with participants needing assistance to ensure a safe transfer to the water zones.

Porta-johns, handwashing station, and a changing tent on-site.

What to bring:  
Please bring all your personal belongings such as a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, change of clothes, folding camp chair, blanket, etc.
Lunch will be provided.  If you have a special dietary need, please pack your own lunch.  We appreciate your understanding.

Cost: $15 / day for individuals with disabilities.  One (1) Parent/Guardian is welcome to attend at no cost to provide additional support.  Additional family members will be accommodated if at all possible; the cost is $15 per additional family member.

Apply by June 28th to reserve a spot.  Applications will be accepted after the deadline, but not guaranteed.  *scroll down for registration info.*


COVID-19 Update
We are continuously evaluating the COVID-19 situation and health department recommendations to evolve our programs and safety requirements to ensure you can return to outdoor recreation with DREAM while mitigating the risks.    We will send updated information as we get closer to the event date.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.


Join us on Whitefish Lake to learn a new sport or enhance your skills.  We’ll offer 1.5 hour private slots for a participant + 1 family member for water skiing, wakeboarding, or wake surfing.  We have standard and adaptive equipment available.

Sessions will take place on July 28th and August 4th on Whitefish Lake.

Register Below!

All steps must be completed by the deadlines listed in the program tabs.
Please read our water sports essential eligibility criteria here.

 

Returning Participants – If you participated with DREAM in the past two years…
You already have created an account in our new system.  Please follow these steps to register:

  1. Log In with your User Name & Password
    • Click on this Login Link and log in to your account
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side, and select “Update My Profile“.
    • Update information in sections labeled “All Users” or “Participants“.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review/update it each season if your information or medical history has changed.
  3. SIGN UP and Pay for Water Sports Opportunities
    • Go to the navigation on the right side of the page that asks, “What would you like to do?” and select:  Register Events/Programs
    • Select “2021 Water Sports – Echo Lake Days” and/or “2021 Water Sports – Individual Skills Days”   They are separate events with separate registrations.
    • Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.
  4. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • Please only sign this form once per year.  If you signed it for the winter 20-21 ski season you do not need to sign it for summer.
    • Family members/caregivers who will attend/participate must complete their own separate waiver forms.  If you are not sure if you have a current one on file, please ask!

How-To video coming soon, to help with registration.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your registration.


Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org or call 406-862-1817 and we’ll be glad to help!

New Participants  If you are new to DREAM or haven’t participated in a few years, follow these steps to create a new account in our system and register for the program.

  1. CREATE an Account:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on the following link to Create an Account
    • Once you’ve created an account, follow the prompts and Log-In.
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side, and select “Update My Profile”.
    • Complete ALL fields/information that is labeled for “All Users” or “Participants”.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year and update it on an as-needed basis.  
  3. SIGN UP and Pay for Water Sports Opportunities
      • Go to the navigation on the right side of the page that asks, “What would you like to do?” and select:  Register Events/Programs
      • Select “2021 Water Sports – Echo Lake Days” and/or “2021 Water Sports – Individual Skills Days”   They are separate events with separate registrations.
      • Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.
  1. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • Please only sign this form once per year.
    • Family members/caregivers who will attend/participate must complete their own separate waiver forms.  If you are not sure if you have a current one on file, please ask!

How-To video coming soon, to help with registration.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your registration.


Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org or call 406-862-1817 and we’ll be glad to help!


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