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About Us

Lake Life is Our Way of Life

Sure, Indy Ski School at Geist is a summer camp. But it is much more than that. It's about teaching kids to safely learn watersports while making friends and having fun doing it.  It's about teaching kids to try something new, maybe a bit scary - conquer it and be confident in their new skills. 

Indy Ski School at Geist is a tradition and part of the Geist community. We support our community through inkind donations of ski lessons to St. Simon, Lawrence Township Schools Foundation and the Benjamin Harrison YMCA.

Meet Our Team

Summer Instructors

Coming Soon!


Derek Dechert

Owner and Chief Instructor

Derek Dechert has lived at Geist for over 23 years and started Indy Ski School in 2013. He works in the entertainment industry as a rigger/ stagehand - you'll see him high in the rafters at a Pacers Game, working on set at the SuperBowl or World Series, or at a big concert.

For 20 summers, he has taught kids to ski and more importantly, HAVE FUN, while doing it at Indy Ski School. He lives at Geist with his wife Pam, son Brodie and his two dogs, Pixie and Rosa.

He loves to barefoot, slalom and trick ski!


Brandon Lawler


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