What is it?
Water skiing is both a recreational activity and a competitive sport enjoyed by many throughout the UK. It typically begins with a deep water start, with the skier crouching down in the water. When the skier is ready, the driver accelerates the boat to pull the skier out of the water.
There are various forms of the Water Skiing. Tournament – involving a combination of slaloms, tricks and jumping – is the classic form, but in recent years variations such as Kneeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Boat Wakeboard, Barefoot and the high-octane Ski Racing, at speeds of 200kmph, have evolved to cater for different tastes.
Why is it good for me?
Water skiing can help to improve your strength. Getting out onto the water and leaving your stresses on the shore can also be great for your mental health.
How much does it cost?
A typical session will cost from £10 – £25 per half hour depending on where you go and whether you take advantage of coaching, which is recommended for beginners. You should be able to borrow any specialised equipment from the club or provider in the first instance.
What equipment do I need?
You’ll need to bring swimwear and shower stuff along to your first session, but the rest of the equipment like wetsuit, buoyancy aid and skis should be provided for you.