Waterskiing is one of the most refreshing summer sports you can engage in. However, if you are a beginner in the sport, it is not unusual to be pensive and worried about the experience. Waterskiing is generally an easy sport to learn and also very safe if you are in the company of other experienced skiers. The following are some of the tips that might be helpful to beginners.
1) Acquiring the skis and life vests
The first step in waterskiing is purchasing the necessary equipment. Before diving into the world of skiing, you will need to get yourself some life vests as well as the skis. Ensure the life vests are Coast Guard approved. The skis are more expensive but you do not want to compromise your safety and comfort by acquiring cheap skis. Since it is your first time, you may not know what skis are best for you. It is therefore advisable to have an experienced person accompany you to help you make the right choice.
2) Before the boat starts
Once you have your vest on and have already gotten into the water, try and pull your knees up to your chest level while you float on your back. You should then hold the handle while the rope is slack. Hold on to the handle firmly until the rope is fully tightened and then signal the driver to begin pulling you up when you are ready.
3) The skiing stance
In order for you to enjoy waterskiing, you need to be in a comfortable stance. The ideal position is to keep your legs spread to shoulder length while you lean slightly over the knees. Most importantly, ensure you keep calm and do not panic. While skiing, you may find some parts of your body drifting towards an unintended direction. Always ensure you are in control of the direction you are drifting.
4) Go through some buoy courses
After skiing for some time, you will find that you feel more comfortable about the whole experience. This is the time to attend a buoy course. Buoys bring extra challenge and experience to waterskiing and are best tried out in person. However, when attending the course, it is important to always be in control of your stance. The turns are best done using your body’s momentum. With a clear mind and a relaxed attitude, buoying should not be that much of an issue.
5) Jumping a ramp
This is going to be a really exhilarating experience especially if you are doing it for the first time. This must be done with the help of an experienced boat driver. At 20 mph, the driver should be on the ramp’s right side while you swing over to the far left. Bend your knees slightly as you approach the ramp then fly over it. When landing, you should let your skis’ heels to touch the water first.
Generally, it is important to go waterskiing with an experienced person if it is your first time to ensure safety and comfort. Falling is part of the learning process and therefore you should not be worried so much about it especially if you have an expert driver.