water skiing

  1. Hi everyone,
    Once again, I need you guys help but this time on a pretty trivial thing. In two weeks, I am going water skiing for the first time. In fact, this will be the first time I have ever even been on a pleasure watercraft of any kind. And I really don't feel like hurting myself or making a fool of myself so any advice any one could give me on this would be great.
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   donmurray
    Don't worry, everyone has to learn at some point, and falling in is half the fun! Alternatively, find a lake with a slope, and practice first.
  4. by   jnette
    aaaaaahh.. waterskiing ! One of my alltime favorites !

    I did the two-ski thing when I first learned many moons ago, and once I was good and comfortabe with that, I moved up to the single ski. Lean, lean, lean fwd. when the boat first takes off while pressing your heels down into the ski .. and just gradualy raise yourself up to a standing position. Keep those knees flexible ! Like shock absorbers.

    HAVE FUN ! Look at it as FUN and it won't be near as frustrating !
    Enjoy !
  5. by   H ynnoD
    Like Jnette said always lean forward,once you lean to far back,you will always end up on your Butt.Use to ski all summer long,had to finally stop.The falling down would sometimes put my back out for a few days.I'm not in my twentys anymore.Ouch!!!
  6. by   dianah
    Keep your arms straight, the skis up straight out of the water, "squat down like you're going pee" (as my aunt used to say when she taught us ) and let the boat pull you out of the water. It'll be a huge pull and then as if stepping up, you'll be standing. Then keep your knees bent and flexible, to be your shock absorbers. Keep the arms straight here too!!
    Have fun!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    waterskiiing is GREAT fun. Just relax and enjoy it. I look forward all year to taking our boat out and going skiiing, boarding and tubing. Such great fun. Hope you like it.
  8. by   MomNRN
    As you are "squatting to pee," trying to get pulled out of the water, don't forget to quickly pull your butt up!

    Nothing like a river enema!

    Ahh fond memories!!
  9. by   H ynnoD
    :chuckle River Enema.My Wife got one of those the first time we took her water sking,Was pretty funny!!!!
  10. by   CVnurse08
    ya'll are starting to scare me now !!! j/k !!! Thanks for the great advice !!
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    Once you get up you will never forget how. Getting up on the water is the hardest part.
    I agree a lake with a slope is a good place to learn.
  12. by   MomNRN
    A lake is the best place to learn. I learned on the Mississippi River, on a back slough when I was a kid. Even got onto only 1 ski by my early teens.

    Could I do it now? No way - would end up in traction for at least 6 weeks!

    The body used to be much more accepting of abuse than it is now. Course it could have been the multiple brewskis we drank too!