Have you ever tried to waterski and can’t even get up? You aren’t the only one, but that’s no reason to give up. Water skiing can be difficult for those who don’t know what they are doing or have never been water skiing before. It can take several times for someone to actually get up to actually water ski instead of just being pulled behind a boat, but that shouldn’t be a reason for you to give up or a deterrent from trying again. At Freedom Boat Club, we want to give you some helpful tips for water skiing. Instead of giving up after one time, take what you are learning while you’re boating on Lake Lanier and trying to water ski. Take notes and see what you can do differently so you can do better the next time. You can spend hours and hours out on Lake Lanier trying to learn to water ski without getting up even once. Don’t let a few bad times deter you from learning to water ski. We know how popular and fun water skiing can be, which is why we want to provide you with some fun tips for water skiing. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some tips to help you water ski to the best of your abilities. If you’re interested in trying water skiing, then come visit us at Freedom Boat Club where you’re able to go boating on the vessel of your choice. For more water activities, check out Family Fun Boating Activities.

Five Tips For Water Skiing

One of the reasons that people have a difficult time water skiing is because they need to use upper body strength to pull yourself up. When you’re out boating on Lake Lanier, keep these water ski tips in mind so you can get better and better at water skiing. What these tips can help you with is giving you some guidelines to follow.

Take It One Step At A Time

Like everything in life, you need to take one step at a time before you’re able to really understand and enjoy water skiing. The next time you get onto the water, go back to the basics of water skiing. Take the time to learn the solid base of water skiing before you can move forward and progress. Some of the basics you need to keep in mind are to communicate with the people on the boat, hand signals, and how to properly stand up when you’re water skiing. Start in a sitting position with your skis in front of you poking up from the water; your butt should be as close to touching your heels as possible. When the boat accelerates forward and begins to pull you, you need to stand up and use the momentum of the boat to get up onto your feet. Stay in the squatted position until you feel your skis are totally out of the water; this will help you keep your balance as the boat gets up to speed. Keep your knees bent, arms straight, and lower yourself into a chair-like position. If you remember these basics and continue trying them, then you’ll be able to start from the beginning and work forward.

Start Strong

When you get up on the water, make sure you start strong. When you get up onto your water skis, make sure you start with a solid foundation, check your balance, and ensure your stance is ready to go. When you start weak, you aren’t able to hold on for as long, and you might end up getting dragged along instead of actually doing any water skiing. Make sure when you are pulled up by the boat that you’re ready and that you are seated in the best position for you to pull yourself up. Make sure your knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles are over the skis and that everything is squared properly. Your head should be over your hips, your body should be solid and aligned, and your body is pointed toward the boat. Your muscles will work together to pull you along, and you will be extended, poised to go water skiing. Remember, to stay strong and use all of your muscles from your arms to your core to stay up on the water skis.

Control Your Speed

When you get up on your water skis, then make sure you’re able to control your speed. There is a right amount of speed and there’s a wrong amount of speed, especially for the beginner. You can always call to the people on the boat to slow down or speed up to make it easier on you. You can control the speed by making sure your fellow boaters are understanding your hand signs. Furthermore, be sure your footing is accurate. When you go slower you can learn new things, when you go faster you’ll find it is a little easier to water ski.

Find Your Rhythm

Everyone is different when it comes to water skiing. When it comes to your rhythm, you need to find what feels comfortable. Many water skiers don’t want to go too fast or in narrow areas because they are afraid something could happen and won’t be able to handle how fast the boat is going. Take your time to find your rhythm and find what feels comfortable for you. Like everything in life, you need to find what feels comfortable for you, if you don’t, then you wouldn’t have as much fun as you go speeding across Lake Lanier. Instead of feeling afraid, take the time to feel the rhythm and what makes you comfortable. Feel how wide and slow you can go around Lake Lanier, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you feel comfortable.

Make It Last

You probably will find the first few times you get onto the water behind the boat difficult, but when you make it last you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come from the beginning. When you finally get up onto your water skis and begin to zoom around the lake, then make it last however long you want it to. Make sure to remind yourself how proud you are of yourself, even if it’s just for a few seconds. When you stand up on the water and begin to speed across the water, you’ll be amazed at how long you end up lasting and how you ended up on the water in the first place. Remember, if you’ve done it once you’ll be able to do it again and again. With practice, you’ll find water skiing almost easy.

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