How To Join

Becoming a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County

Anyone can join “The Achievers”. We have a number of categories of membership. You can join as an instructor, student or volunteer.

Membership fees are applicable from September to the following August, non pro-rated. To join, please download the forms below and send it to the address in the upper right corner with your dues payment or bring them to a general meeting. Also, due to the realities of the times we live in, all instructors and volunteers are required to have a background check completed before participating with our students. The organization pays the fees for this service.

In order for a student to go on a trip, the following items need to be done:

  1. Become a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County – The Achievers
  2. Medical Clearance Form – This needs to be signed by your primary physician.
  3. Medical History Form – Be evaluated by one of our staff, this can be done at a General Meeting
  4. Sign up for a trip (via a trip reservation form in our monthly newsletters, or at a general meeting)
  5. (Optional) Sign up and pay for group arranged lodging in Mammoth Lakes.
  6. Go skiing/snowboarding!
Policies and Procedures
Welcome Package
Membership Form
Medical Clearance  
Liability Release Form
Trip Reservation Form

Students and/or their families are responsible for transportation to and from Mammoth Lakes and in town during a trip, though there may be car-pooling opportunities available.

Students who have paid their membership, completed all paperwork and been evaluated receive:

  • Free lift ticket
  • Free instruction
  • Free Adaptive equipment
  • Fun!
  • Other benefits

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email at


How To Become An Instructor

Instruction is taken very seriously at Disabled Sports, Orange County. Safety is always first. Secondly, we need to have fun! If we can learn how to ski or ride better, that’s just icing on the cake. Our monthly trips have three instructional sessions during the weekend when our volunteer instructors help our students have fun skiing or snowboarding and work on improving their on snow skills.

Here’s an outline of a typical weekend trip:

Arrive by at least Friday night or very early Saturday morning.
Meet at the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Resort before 9:15 am.
Receive your teaching assignment and lift ticket.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
More instructing from 1pm to 3:30 pm.
Instructors meeting from 4 pm to 4:30. (usually)
Group potluck Saturday evening about 7 pm.
Meet at the Main Lodge Sunday morning before 9:15 am.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Your Sunday afternoon is yours . . .

That’s it!

How to become an Instructor
We are always looking for instructors to help us teach adaptive skiing and snowboarding.

What are the requirements for becoming an instructor with The Achievers?

The most important quality that we are looking for is someone who wants to help in any way they can. Volunteer instructing is not for everyone, but if you want to help and make a difference, we can teach you the rest. Second, you should also be at least an advanced beginner with your skiing/riding skills. If you can ski/board the runs Sesame Street, Gingerbread, Schoolyard or Pumpkin at Mammoth Ski Area without much problem, then you probably have the minimum skiing/riding skills that we need. Note that the majority of our students are skiers, so potential instructors need to be aware that they should have some skiing skills (which we will be happy to train them on) if their usual snow sport is boarding.

We highly recommend that first time instructors attend our training seminar in Orange County in October and the on-hill clinic at Mammoth in November. These training sessions will give you a greater idea of what is involved in teaching adaptive skiing as well as give you information and hands-on experience with adaptive teaching techniques.

The first year that you instruct is generally an apprenticeship. Ideally, in most circumstances, rookies will not be responsible for teaching a student on their own during their first season. You will be grouped with one or more experienced instructors to observe and help out as directed by the veteran instructor(s).

All instructors are expected to have instruction as their first and main priority; we are there for the students, and free skiing is an extra bonus. If, for some reason, your student should decide to quit for the day or become ill, you should check with the V.P. of Instruction or a designated leader for further assignment.

Instructors who have paid their membership and completed their paperwork receive:

•Free training
•Free lift ticket while instructing
•Free skiing on Friday and Sunday afternoon

The membership package for the instructor/family includes the following forms Membership & Liability Release. An additional requirement of our instructors & volunteers is to submit to a background screening check.  For more information on our background screening program, please see National Center For Safety Initiatives.

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email

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