HK Powersports Provides WaveRunners to Northeast Passage Adaptive Water Ski Program
By Keely Ames, Northeast Passage
July 11, 2007
HK Powersports in Laconia announced it is providing two Yamaha WaverRunner
personal watercraft to Northeast Passage for use in the adaptive water
Northeast Passage, a program of UNH’s School of Health and Human
Services, and an affiliate of Disabled Sports USA, develops and delivers
innovative, barrier-free recreation and health promotion programs. Northeast
Passage offers adaptive water skiing through its Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Throughout the summer, Northeast Passage offers weekly skiing in New Hampshire
and Massachusetts and two weekend dates (offered in Vermont and Maine for
2007). The group gets close to 100 skiers on the water each summer and
has offered adaptive water skiing for more than 10 years.
The WaveRunners act as safety boats, with highly trained volunteers assisting
participants in the water.
“These WaveRunners provide a successful and fun experience for our
participants, but they also ensure their safety,” said Tom Carr,
program coordinator for Northeast Passage. “Having a WaveRunner on
the water and in position to help a skier if needed is essential for our
program; we would not be able to offer skiing to our participants without
it. We are grateful to HK Powersports and Yamaha for their support.”
With the support of local dealers like HK Powersports in Laconia, Yamaha
Motor Corporation, U.S.A sponsors a nationwide effort of loaning WaveRunner
personal watercraft to law enforcement and rescue agencies free of charge
for use during the boating season.
“This program reflects Yamaha’s overall commitment to boating
safety,” said Yamaha Vice President Mark Speaks. “We have prided
ourselves in leading the entire marine industry in these types of partnerships.”
For more information on Northeast Passage, visit www.nepassage.org.