Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Communicating with my ski instructor

At the best of times, communication is probably the corner stone to success when it comes to being able to build a more than good relationship with one's instructor and as a blind person, I truly believe that it is even more important. I learned this at the end of January when I attended my second Ski for Light event in Colorado.

For those of you who are not familiar, Ski for Light is a weeklong event that is held for blind skiers. It is held in the United States and this year it was held in Colorado. Skiers from several countries attend including Canada, Britain, Norway, and other European countries. I do believe that Norway is the country that founded the Ski for Light Organization and got things going.

This year, I was privileged to have had a very intuitive and motivating instructor; a fabulous lady named Caroline Levanhar. From the outset, Caroline had me at ease. She was patient, encouraging, and willing to let me go at my own pace. I soon found myself skiing both in the tracks as well as out of the tracks. She had me doing turns, skiing up and down gentle hills, and gliding. What an experience. Then we went snowshoeing. Absolutely out of this world.

The key for me was communication and trust. I trusted Caroline all the way and never doubted her instructions. She and I developed a very special relationship and I thoroughly enjoyed her sense of humor. Thank you Caroline.

If you would like to learn more about how blind persons ski, visit www.skiforlight.org. I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and tell others about the Ski for Light Organization.

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