About the SkiDox Water Ski Team
The SkiDox Water Ski Team (formerly known as the Rochester Water Ski Team) is great family entertainment! The team began in the 1950â€™s by putting on one weekend show a year and was incorporated in September of 1960. It wasnâ€™t until 1974 they decided to do weekly shows, in 1975 they started doing road shows and other fund raising activities to help support the team. The team has continued to grow not only in the skills they have learned but by capturing new members from various local communities.
Our team practices at Fishermanâ€™s Inn every Monday evenings during the summer months along with Saturday mornings. Our shows are held on Wednesday nights between Memorial Day and Labor Day and on summer holidays. We also perform several shows at Foster Arend, a city park in Rochester. We invite anyone and everyone to come out and be a part of our team!
One of the ways that we help the continual growth of our team is with the Development Team. This extension of our team focuses on teaching new skills to our members. This team consists of mostly young skiers but anyone who has a desire to learn new skills is encouraged to participate. There are two practices a week and a Development Show opens as part of our weekly home shows.
Besides practices and shows, we also do a lot to get our community involved in waterskiing. We host Learn2Ski clinics which teach people of all ages how to water ski or further skills they already possess. Each clinic begins with a brief introduction to basic water safety. The instructors provide lessons in basic waterskiing techniques, while fostering a love for the sport. Each participant is provided with plenty of water time to reach their goals.
For over 20 years our team has worked with Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch National Wheelchair Camp to give participants the opportunity to do things not normally available to them due to the special equipment and support required. We provide boats, equipment and assistants to allow participants to experience various water sports including waterskiing, tubing, kayaking and pontoon rides.
The team does numerous road shows for city festivals in the surrounding 5 states. We also participate in a number of the festival parades. The shows not only serve as a source of income to our team but also provide entertainment and expose other areas to the sport of waterskiing.
Over the years, our team has participated in several fundraising activities to help support the team. One of our largest and longest standing, fundraising activities is our yearly Fan Appreciation Raffle. Other fundraising activities include selling advertising for our team program and signage on various equipment, collecting donations at the gate of our home shows, road shows, membership dues, and a haunted house.
The team is member of USA Waterski (www.USAWATERSKI.org) This non-profit organization is our sanctioning parent company which provides us with insurance benefits. They also provide us with the opportunity to compete in both Regional and National tournaments. We take a lot of pride from the fact that we were the first team to successfully perform a Pre-Built 4 High Pyramid. Competing in tournaments is a great way to foster teamwork and healthy competition. It also provides the opportunity to learn new skills from other teams and build camaraderie.