Your Complete Guide To Water Skiing For Beginners

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Imagine gliding over the glassy water, creating the perfect rooster tail, and making it look picture perfect! Haven’t we all watched mesmerized those breathtakingly beautiful feats by the water skiing professionals? And, have you not wondered if you will ever be able to make this a reality? Well, the way ahead is by starting from the basics. Before you can start doing the tricks, you have got to get your basics strong. Then, and only then, will you be able to master the art of water skiing. So, here we are, with all that you will need to know about water skiing for beginners. 

Water Skiing For Beginners Start With Equipment Knowledge

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You have to know about every equipment you will ever need for skiing. There are not too many for you to know, but each one is essential and critical. 

  • Tow Rope – Your tow rope must be made for water skiing. The length cannot be more than 23m. And, it must have a little stretch to save you from the whiplash during the turns. 
  • Skis – The skis you choose is critical. As a beginner go for the broader and the more stable one. Check the bottom to find out which one suits you best. Also, picking a combination ski is a good idea. These will have one foothold on one ski and two footholds on the other. So, you can choose to either use it for mono-skiing or skiing with both. Always check that the surface area is enough for a person of your size and shape. 
  • PFD – Personal Floatation Device or PFD is a lifesaver. It is essential for every beginner. However, I suggest everyone to use it, because you never know when an accident might occur. This will keep you buoyant and prevent you from drowning. Check that the size is perfect for your body build and weight. 

Start With On-Shore Practice

Perfect your posture before getting into water. A sandy beach is perfect. Practice sitting like you will have to on water. You may even as someone to pull the rope while you practice getting into the chair position and staying that way. This is the position for skiing. 

Learn Hand Signals

While skiing the only way to communicate with the driver is through hand signals. And, it’s imperative that you learn each one of them. Here is a list of few signals that you must know. 

  • Thumbs up – This means that you wish to go faster
  • Thumbs down – This means you want to go slower
  • Okay sign – This means that the speed and direction is perfect 
  • Wave your hand or point in a direction – This means you want the driver to do in the direction you are pointing or waving
  • Pat on your head – This means you want to return to the boat or beach
  • Slash around the neck – This means you want to stop immediately
  • Clasping motion above your head – You can put your hand straight up, or hold your ski up. This is when you have had a crash but want to sign that you uninjured. 

Few Final Tips

Now that you have your basics straight, here’s how to start skiing

  • Start by standing up slowly. As you get into motion, don’t stand up too quickly. 
  • Look towards the horizon. Don’t look down at the skis. 
  • Stand upright. Lean too much forward or back, and you will fall. It is like roller skating. 
  • Balance your body weight. This will take some practice, but try to balance yourself. 
  • Leave the rope if you are losing balance. Don’t keep holding the rope. Your life jacket will keep you floating. 
  • Practice carving right and left. This is imperative to improve your mastery. 

So, go on and enjoy water skiing! 

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