Published: August 1st 2011August 1st 2011
BDWSA - The Tony Edge Centre
Tuesday, 26th July, 2011.
Went along to the British Disabled Water Skiing Association's 'Open Day' held on Heron Lake, at
The Tony Edge National Centre,
Hythe End Road
( it's just off junction 13 of the M25 near Heathrow Airport)
We had taken 'T', our youngest child who has various disabilities, skiing here a few years ago. Both he and we enjoyed it at the time but, because of problems with our cars, had not managed to get back.
And, owing to an oil pump seal failure on our ancient Megan Scenic, it was touch and go whether we would make it this time! However, thanks to the efforts of Roo and the staff at Blackboys Garage, who fixed it super fast, we managed to make the event, albeit very late, but that's another story.
Even though the guys at Heron Lake were about to pack up we were made very welcome by Alex, the BDWSA centre's manager/instructor, who was happy to take 'T' for a spin around the lake.
As before, all the gear 'T' needed - wet-suit, helmet, life-jacket, sit-ski etc, was provided by the association from their well equiped
BDWSA - Ski and Wet-suit store.
Although 'T' only had a short time to ski, he thoroughly enjoyed it! So much so that we went back again a couple of weeks later. This time 'T' advanced to the intermediate stage of skiing from the side-slung boom. We had such a great time and as 'T' made it clear he really wanted to ski a lot more, we joined as members.
I've included a number of pictures to show what visitors can expect to find and you can find out more from their website http:www.bdwsa.org
. Just click on a picture to enlarge it.
There are more photos below