Volunteer Resources

Special Online and Virtual Resources for Volunteers Available Here


DSES Volunteers make outdoor recreation a fun, exciting reality for kids and adults with disabilities. Teaching adaptive lessons, supporting events and fundraisers, or helping in the office, DSES volunteers change lives. Thank you for giving your time to our students and our mission.

Volunteer of the Year

All volunteers are required to go through training every season. You must reserve a spot for training. Please call the office at 760.934.0791 to sign-up.

For all training days, please bring lunch (or prepare to buy from Broadway Marketplace), water, sunscreen, appropriate weather gear, and ski/snowboard equipment. Please bring your season pass if you have one or a single-use ticket will be provided for you for the day of training.

Our training days are typically scheduled as follows (subject to change):

Day 1 – Required for all NEW volunteer instructors, the first day of training will be mostly outside and focus on assessing the skiing/snowboarding abilities of prospective volunteer instructors. Please come dressed in your gear with your equipment in hand. Returning volunteers do not need to attend Day 1.

Day 2 – Begins with inside training of Policies & Procedures, where we will discuss the Volunteer Manual as well as important updates pertaining to DSES and MMSA. Please arrive in your inside attire, as we will not be getting dressed for skiing/snowboarding until after lunch. The afternoon portion will be outside developing teaching techniques.

The schedule for Day 2 is:

– 8:30 AM-12:00 PM indoors policies and procedures

– 12:45 PM-3:30 PM on-hill clinic

Day 3 – Entirely outside, the last day of training will be an additional day of training teaching techniques.

The schedule for Day 3 is:

– 9:00 AM-11:45 AM on-hill clinic

– 12:45 PM-3:30 PM on-hill clinic

adaptiveDisabled Sports USA is proud to present a US Cycling endorsed, Adaptive Cycling Instructors Manual.  This manual is made possible by author David Lee (Northeast Passage), The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and contributors Pat Addabbo (Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte), Greg Milano (BORP Adaptive Sports), Connor Inslee (Outdoors for All), Scott Moro (Ride 2 Recovery), Rob Mueller (Disabled Sports USA) and Ian Lawless (US Paralympics).

This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions states herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.