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Safety Tips for Water Skiing

I am so psyched for the warm weather. It's not quite time to slip on those water skis since the water temperature is still rather nippy, but it's a good time to start getting excited about it.

Water skiing is an exciting and challenging sport. All it takes is a motor boat, someone to drive the boat, an extra person in the boat to watch the skier, a life jacket, a pair of water skis, and a tow line (the rope you hold onto). It requires a love of speed and the water, tons of upper and lower body strength, and delicate balance to stay up. Once you get going, nothing compares to the exhilarating feeling of flying through the air and riding on the water. It gives new meaning to the word fast!

If you've never tried it before, I definitely recommend having a private instructor show you how, since there are a few risks involved with this sport. I have some strong suggestions for how to ski and boat safely. Want to see them? Then

  • Always have an observer in the boat - the driver doesn't count.
  • Always wear your life jacket, even if you know how to swim.
  • Always water ski in calm water - a big lake is perfect.
  • Stay clear of congested areas, with no other boats or swimmers around.
  • Never water ski in the dark - it is both dangerous AND illegal.

With all that said, don't be discouraged if it takes you a while to stand up. You've got to bend your knees into your chest, keep your arms straight, lean back slightly, let the boat pull you, and then stand up. Once you figure it all out, you'll be loving this new sport.

Hey check this out - my friend Giggle found a water skiing squirrel! Good thing that lady was there to catch little Twiggy since he wasn't wearing a life jacket!


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legallyblonde legallyblonde 10 years
I've tried water skiing and knee boarding a few times. Both are fun! We had a crappy boat for water skiing, though, so it would practically dislocate our arms as we were trying to get up! Once you're up, though, the feeling is's such a rush!!
txhottie txhottie 10 years
As someone who lives to be on the water here in Austin, these are great tips!! I prefer to wakeboard vs skiing, but both are a great workout. I am heading out bright and early tomorrow for the first wakeboarding trip of the season! Can't wait. Happy boating!
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