Water Skiing Guidelines for Newbies

Considering the fact that water skiing can be quite dangerous, there are certain fundamental safety rules that a skier must observe in order to enjoy the sport safely.

Flirt with a buoy course
Once you start learning the basics of water skis you will probably want to try out a buoy course. Moving in and out of buoys will add a whole new dimension to the sport. You should always take advantage of the forward stance and use your body weight to create a momentum to make a swirling turn. For a brief moment you might feel that you are about to fall. However, have confidence and let your body take over the moves.

Practice Signal Communication

Knowing the right hand communication can make your water skiing experience smooth, safe and thoroughly enjoying. The basic signals include nodding your head for Start, thumbs up for Faster, thumbs down for Slower, extended left hand with open palm for Turn Left, extended right hand with open palm for Turn Right and the circle signal with thumb and index finger for OK.

Putting your hand straight up with open palm indicates Stop while pointing downward with swinging motion of arm indicates Back to Dock. In case you have toppled over, you should clasp both hands above your head and remain like that till your driver or spotter locates you.

Signal communication is the only way of communicating with your spotter or driver as neither of you can hear each other over the din of the motor or surrounding noise.

Like the water skiing, another water sport that needs a lot of patience is the wakeboarding.