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Get ready to ride the waves. Water skiing makes use of special skis designed for optimum balance and speed on water. Water skiers stand on the skis, hold on to a piece of rope and are towed along by a motor boat. It’s not an ideal sport for the faint-hearted or the seasick, but one thing’s for sure – learning to water ski will be an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.

How does it work?

At the beginning of your first session, the instructor will take some time to explain the basics of water skiing to you on dry land before hitting the water. When you do enter the water, you will begin by crouching down on the skis and holding on to the handle on the rope. As the boat accelerates, you will be pulled up and out of the water. Now all you have to do is try not to fall off...

None of us are perfect, and you are unlikely to be able to balance like a pro on your first time. Don’t worry, there will always be an observer present to let the driver of the boat know if you’ve fallen in - so you won’t be stuck in the water for long.

Don’t forget to bring swimwear along to your water skiing class to wear underneath your wetsuit.

Is it for me?

It’s quite likely that you will fall off the skis and into the water at some point, especially if you are a beginner, so it’s advisable that you only attempt this sport if you know how to swim. Even if you are a good swimmer, it’s a good idea to wear a life jacket as an extra safety measure.

Water skiing is not appropriate for those who are pregnant or injured. It is also unsuitable for those under 12 years old.

Good to know

Professional water skiers perform all sorts of stunts for shows – including forming human pyramids whilst balancing on the skis. The record for the most skiers towed behind one boat is 114 – impressive, huh?

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