How To Water Ski
Learn how to water ski and impress your friends. Water skiing is a fun and thrilling water activity. Don't worry it is not as difficult as it looks and it is safe if you follow the guidelines. Make sure to wear a Coast Guard approved flotation device designed for water skiing. Also remember the water skis rubber foot bindings stretch when you fall, releasing your feet, so you won't be trapped in the water skis.
- Practice on shore before you try water skiing in the water. Wet your feet and the water ski bindings and slip your foot into the front half of the binding while holding down the heel portion. Pull up the heel piece and adjust the binding's sliding portion.
- Crouch on the water skis with your feet flat and shoulder width apart, knees to your chest, and arms extended forward outside you knees. This is the position you will want to be in when the boat takes off.
- Hold the tow line handle and have someone else gradually draw the tow line taut. Let the line pull you to the standing position. Practice until you have mastered this move.
- Start in waist deep water, let your floatation device support you. Hold the tow handle and get into the position you practiced in. Keep your ski tips slightly above water. When the line has become tight, when the boat is idling forward, you begin moving.
- When the rope is completely tight, yell "Hit it." Remain crouching, and as the water skis begin to plane, straighten up slowly. To stop all you have to do is let go of the tow line handle. You should have mastered how to water ski with these few steps, it could take a few practice runs to get the hand of it.