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    February 02, 2022 3 min read

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    5 Water-skiing Tips for Beginners

    Water-skiing is loved by many water enthusiasts and beginners worldwide. People can start as young as three years old and enjoy the sport for many decades. It brings people together, spending hours on the boat making memories with loved ones the warmer weather. If you want to join in on the fun and experience a feeling like no other but don't know where to start on your water-skiing journey, we are here to help. Here are five tips you should take on board as a beginner to water-skiing.

    Here are 5 tips that every beginner should know before strapping in for the first time.

    Tip #1 – Start with Double Skis

    Double skis are the best place to start. They will help you get used to the feel of the water and what it's like being towed behind a boat. It can be challenging to control the double skis at first; therefore, another trick is to tie them together. Some skis already have this feature, and others need an extra attachment – double-check before purchasing. Connecting your skis enables your feet to stay together and not lose control of the skis, making it easier for you to get up and stay up.


    Tip #2 – Drop a Ski to Learn Slalom Skiing

    An excellent way to start learning how to slalom ski is to get up on double skis with one binding loose. Simply wiggle your foot out once you have the balance, and the ski will be dropped behind you. This is great to begin with while learning how to balance on one ski. However, make sure you are in a quiet area while doing so, and the observer keeps an eye on where the ski is so you don't misplace it.

    Tip #3 – Forming the Correct Technique

    Having the proper technique while water-skiing is crucial to staying up and balanced. Firstly, let the boat do all the work, the biggest mistake is people try to stand up to early or pull themselves up. The key is to let the boat pull you up and do all the work. Secondly, stay in a crouched position for as long as people while being pulled up; it will help you remain balanced. Next, keep straight arms and slightly bent knees when you are up. This technique will not only make you look professional but help you stay above and balanced on the water. Finally, pick a spot on the boat and keep your eyes on it. If you keep looking around and are not fixated on a specific spot, chances are you will lose balance. If you implement these technique tips, you will be a pro in no time.

    Tip #4 – Long-V Ropes VS Short-V ropes

    Long-V ropes are ideal for beginners on a slalom ski. Put the long-V rope in between your ski, and it will enable you to remain balanced and the ski straight while getting up. Once you have perfected your deep water starts, that is when you should transition to a short-V rope.



    Tip #5 – Fundamental Hand Signals

    When you're being towed behind the boat, you are too far away for the driver to hear you; that's why these basic hand signals have been created for you to use to communicate with the driver.

    Back to the dock / had enough = taping your hand on your head

    Thumbs up = speed up OR thumbs down = speed down

    Okay hand signal = speed is good

    Flat hand out = stop immediately

    When you fall = raise one hand in the water so boats going past can visibly see you.

    Water-skiing is fun for everyone, no matter your age. It's never too late to get started, so what are you waiting for? Grab your skis and some mates and begin making memories behind the boat. This beginner's guide to water skiing will have you looking like a professional in no time. Buy our double skis or slalom skis online today and prepare for your next water adventure. If you’re not sure what size skis are right for you, read our guide Waterski Size Guide – Choosing the Right Set of Waterskis. If you have your gear and just need a spot to hit the water, then check out our ultimate guide Where to Water Ski and Wake Board in Australia – Best Locations by State.

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