There are tons of reasons that people love boat clubs because what’s not to love? You can go boating as much as you want, you have access to multiple different types of boats, and you have a fun summer activity to do with family and friends. Here at Freedom Boat Club Lake Lanier, one of our favorite perks of being in a boat club is water skiing! If you or anyone in your boating party is feeling adventurous, water skiing is a great way to scratch that itch. Whether you are water skiing for the first time or for the millionth time, it’s always a thrill. Even watching your friend or family member ski while you sit in the comfort of the boat can be a fun time!
In today’s blog here at Freedom Boat Club Lake Lanier, we create a general guide for beginners on how to successfully waterski. And don’t forget, if you are looking for a great activity for family or a great date day with the significant other, our boat club can help. Learn more about joining Freedom Boat Club Lake Lanier today! Without further ado, hold on tight and let’s dive in.
Make Sure You Have Access to a Boat
Probably the single most important aspect of water skiing is making sure you have a boat. No boat means no water skiing — plain and simple. It’s also important to note that not just any boat will do. You can’t very well get up on waterskis when you are being towed by a rowboat! You’ll need a motorized boat with about 100 horsepower. There are other variables that come into play like boat size and weight, but about 100 horsepower is a safe place to start.
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Before you hit the water, there are a few things that you should do to prepare to make sure you are safe while having fun. Rule number one for everyone on board should be that everyone wears a life jacket — especially if you are getting into the water for watersports. You should also take the time before you get into the water to get to know your skis and know the proper signals to communicate with your boating driver. On the subject of your driver, be sure that you are going with someone familiar with towing skiers and wakeboarders. Or, at the very least, someone who knows what to do while pulling someone in the water.
Getting Up on Waterskis
Once you have adequately taken the time to prepare for a safe experience, it’s time for the fun part.
Slap on Your Skis
First thing’s first, slap those waterskis on your feet. One tip our team at Freedom Boat Club Lake Lanier recommends is to put our waterskis on while your feet are dry. This makes it easier to get your feet into the proper position! When feet are wet, it can make it much more difficult to strap on your skis.
Grab the Rope and Cannonball Pose
The next step is to grab your rope and hop into the water. Once you’re in the water, you should assume the cannonball pose. This may sound strange to cannonball after you’re already in the water but bear with us. This is the best position to start in while you are in the water because it helps you stay afloat when you are wearing a life jacket while making it easy to point your ski tips up and hold onto the tow rope.
Also, if you’d like to cannonball into the water before you assume the cannonball pose, we’re not going to stop you.
Skis Forward, Tips Up, Arms Straight
Now it’s almost showtime. This is your final step before you tell your driver to take off. Make sure when you are in cannonball pose to point your skis forward, keep your tips up (similar to when you are dismounting a ski lift for traditional skiing), and keep your arms straight out in front of you.
Double Check the Slack and Go!
Finally, it’s time to make sure that there is no slack in your tow rope and go! Once you’ve confirmed that there is no slack in your rope and you feel completely ready, give your driver the signal to start off.
Lean Back and Let the Boat Pull You Up
As the boat starts to move, make sure you lean back. As the boat gains speed, the resistance of the water against your skis will start to pull you on top of the water. As you are being pulled up and once you are up on top of the water, be sure to keep your knees bent.
If you wipe out, there is absolutely no shame in it. Water skiing is hard! Almost nobody gets it perfect on their first try. Just be sure to keep at it and you’ll be a waterskiing pro in no time.
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That’s it! You’re a pro water skier! Maybe not a pro, but keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have the basics nailed in no time. When you are ready for unlimited water skiing and boating fun whenever you want at more than 190 locations worldwide, reach out to our friendly team at Freedom Boat Club Lake Lanier. We’ll help you become a boat club member and hit the water as soon as possible!