Learn How To Water Skiing On A Rental Boat

Water skiing is a fun activity to include in your water sports boat rental. You may want to learn how to water ski from an experienced professional because once you know how to do it, there is no limit to the thrill of being towed behind your rental water sports boat. But before you embark on this incredible adventure, there are several essential safety tips to keep in mind on the water.

Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

When learning to water ski, it is essential to have plenty of life jackets and PFDs onboard your rental boat. Even if you and your family can swim well, there are often strong currents in the water that can pull you underwater or away from your yacht, especially when you are out in the ocean. Take the time to ensure you have enough safety equipment on the vessel and your person when you start learning to water ski. 

Get good water skis

You will need to either buy or rent several pairs of combination skis suitable for beginners and have two skis, one of which has a half-foot binding behind the other foot. Beginner skis are wider and more stable on the water. They are suitable for different weight categories, so it is essential to choose a water ski that meets your needs and those of your guests. The skis can even be attached to increase your stability at the beginning.

Be sure to have the appropriate rope with a flag ski

It is important to choose a good rope for water skiing rather than a rope for wakeboarding. Water ski ropes are designed to stretch just a little. Be sure to carry a ski flag to raise whenever there is a skier in the water. All of these items improve your safety on the water.

Operating the boat

Learning to stand up on water skis is a process of trial and error, and it usually takes the learner many attempts to get comfortable on the skis. However, the person operating the boat also needs to know what they are doing. The driver must start quickly and pull regularly at an appropriate speed, usually no more than 25 miles per hour. Choose a time when the waters are calm and stay away from the docks and shoreline. It is the responsibility of the operator to have a second person on board the boat who is watching the skier at all times and to warn the operator when the propeller must come to a complete stop. 

It is an essential safety measure when approaching a skier in the water. If you follow all of the tips listed above, you will be well on your way to learning to water skiing on a rental boat. As always, practice makes perfect, so take the time to review the basics, and you will be sure to have fun on the water for years to come!

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