Water ski jumping for beginners requires the proper equipment and the assistance from an experienced water ski jumper. Water ski jumping equipment can be purchased or rented. If you’re new to water skiing, you may want to consider using trainer water skis. Trainer water skis are larger than most water skis, making it easier to learn how to water ski jump. It’s also recommended, beginner water ski jumpers have a handlebar holder for the maximum grip possible.
To begin water ski jumping you will need:
- Jumping Skis
- Safety Flags
- Life Vests
- Water Skis
- Water Ski Ropes (75 feet)
- Ski Boats
- To begin water ski jumping, the boat will need to be traveling around 23 mph. The boat should pass parallel to the right of the ramp, with a distance of about 35 feet from the ramp. You should be water skiing outside of the left wake. While holding the rope in a baseball bat-type grip, aim for the center of the ramp.
- As you approach the ramp, slightly crouch while maintaining your body weight on the balls of your feet, and directly over the binders. Hold this position as the boat draws you to the ramp.
- A positive water ski jumping experience requires you to remain low and basically, frozen in the proper position as you leave the ramp. While leaving the ramp, keep your gaze ahead as you lean slightly forward. To land, your ski tips need to remain pointed up and parallel. You want to allow the backs of your skis to hit the water first. This will allow you to absorb the impact while your knees are bent.
Water ski jumping is a very fun sport, but it can also be very dangerous. It’s important to have an experienced water ski jumper with you while water ski jumping for the first time. Water ski jumping does take a lot of practice, which means you will fall. Don’t become discouraged. Simply get up and keep on trying, but make sure you have your life vest before heading out.