How to Water Ski

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Just about anyone can learn to water ski, with a little patience and practice. Here's how to get started.

  • Put on a life vest and water skis and get into the water. (Start with a smaller lake on a calm, quiet day if you can, so the waves won't be too choppy.)

  • Hold your feet out so the skip tips point up and slightly out of the water.

  • Crouch down as if you were sitting in a chair. Keep your skis straight and about a foot apart.

  • Lean back just a little as the boat starts off. Keep your knees bent and your back straight. The boat will pull you up into position.

  • Keep your knees bent to absorb the bumps. Stay inside the boat's wake until you feel steady and balanced. Later, as you get more confident, you might want to try to "jump" or cross the wake.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to keep your body relaxed.
  • Even though you may feel awkward getting into starting position, it's much easier to get up on water skiis if you start in the water (rather than trying to ski off a dock).
  • Can't get up? Have someone who is a strong swimmer sit behind you in the water and help you to stay in a straight position.
  • Keep your feet under you as you are pulled up. This will help keep you from leaning too far back.
  • Don't lean too far forward or backward, or you're setting yourself up for a fall.
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