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ADK Watersports: Water-skiing & Wakeboarding

Since the advent of the motorboat, Adirondackees have water-skied on the calm, clear waters of Lake George. With the inclusion of wakeboarding school and tubing to our kids’ camp water sports program, our water-ski camp and wakeboard camp programs have risen to the top tier of Adirondack’s popularity list! Summer camp kids water-ski and wakeboard in our powerful Ski-Nautique motorboats, while under the safe, certified, and experienced eyes of our several ski and wakeboard instructors.

Once you have learned the safety rules and spotter hand signals, our boats depart from our private dock into the protected Glenburnie Cove at the northern end of Lake George. Under the shadow of Anthony’s Nose (rock formation), our water-skiers and wakeboarders do their best to “walk on water.” Adirondack’s water-ski and wakeboard camps parallel the American Water Ski Association beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, so campers can track their progress year-to-year and lake-to-lake. Specific water-skiing camp challenges include crossing and jumping the wake, dropping a ski “mid-stream,” doing a 180 and slalom. Wakeboarding camp skills include 180’s, 360’s, wake skates, and tail grabs. Advanced wake-boarders may ultimately learn to nuclear grab and back roll. Gnarly!

Our wakeboard and water-ski camps are home to two Sport Nautique SV-211 boats, one designed for water-skiing and the other a multi-functional boat that allows for wakeboarding as well as water-skiing. Water-skiing and wakeboarding are definitely the most fast-paced water sport activities at Adirondack Camp though, on a breezy day, our windsurfers would argue this point! Waterfront sports at our camp for kids generally stress a partnership or sense of oneness with nature–like the quiet calm shared in a canoe or the intimacy of a kayak rounding the point…but there is no denying the thrill of being pulled across Lake George by several hundred horsepower! At Adirondack Camp we have activities for all speeds!

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