Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Club

Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Club

  • Water Sport Clubs


5000 44th Street
Rock Island
IL 61201

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Water Sports

  • Waterski
  • Tricks
  • Jump
  • Show Ski
  • Disabled


Do you love sun, water, meeting new people from around the world, trying new things, and pushing your limitations? We are always accepting new members of all ages to join the Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Club! No ability to ski necessary ~ the  only requirements are a positive attitude and desire to help and learn! We perform free ski shows for the Quad-Cities every Sunday and Wednesday at 6:30pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In 2005, the Backwater Gamblers teamed up with the Genesis Group for the first time to host an adaptive water ski clinic. Individuals with various disabilities came to our ski site and, with the help of our skiers and the volunteers from Genesis, were able to learn to water ski with specially designed water skis. The smiles on their faces were more than inspiring. The success of the clinic has lead us to continue to hold a clinic every year, and starting in 2015, now hold 2 adaptive ski clinics per season.

Each summer, the Backwater Gamblers hold water ski lessons for 10-15 people. The lessons last about three hours with the students taking 10 minute turns and getting to ski two or three times. Experienced skiing members of the Backwater Gamblers help teach each of the students individually to 2 ski or enhance current skiing skills. Students must be 9 years old or older.

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