Design A Water Ski Course
When you design a water ski course, you always have to keep the movements of a water skier in mind. This means that if you’re not an experienced water skier, you should have one with you during the design process. Then, ask the water skier to test out the course for you once it’s completed. Of course if you are an experienced water skier, you can design a water ski course and then test it out yourself.
To complete this task, you need:
- Map of the Lake
- Tracing paper
- Lay the tracing paper over the map of the lake. This will help you determine where the best possible spot for the water ski course design is located. Areas that are near recreational activities, such as swimming or lounging on a beach, are not ideal. There will need to be a boating ramp nearby the area where you choose to design a water ski course.
- Try to figure out how much space you will need for the water ski course. For example, you will need considerably less space to design a water ski course if the course is going to be for water ski tricks and stunts, rather than actual racing. Water ski racing is more likely to need a broader, spread out area.
- Incorporate jumps into the course. Whether the course is designed for tricks or racing, you can add jumps to it to make the competition more challenging for the water skiers completing the course. However, keep in mind that less experienced water skiers will need a little more space to execute jumps than more experienced water skiers.
- Figure out the logistics. For example, a dock or other obstacle on the lake will need to be factored into the course. You will be able to see these obstacles on the map of the lake. Also, where the sun will be located when the course is completed should be factored in. The water skiers should be moving in the opposite direction to keep the sun from their eyes.
- Map out the course. Once you have the logistics all figures out, it’s time to map out the course. Use the tracing paper to draw out where the water skiers will be going through the course. Have a special marker for things like jumps and other water ski stunts that are included in the course. Once it’s mapped out, you can place the buoy arms in the lake so the water skiers know which direction to go. However, you should also provide them with a copy of the water ski course you designed.