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 provides an excellent all-round body workout, but some of the specific benefits include:
- Improved muscle toning
- Calorie burning for weight loss/control
- Swimming to and from your boat or the shore has many low-impact exercise benefits
- It also allows you to get away from the hectic weekday routine, let your hair down and make a splash. Literally…
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?
There are some essentials but the hire of these is often included in the session price. These include:
- Buoyancy aid
- Ski hire
- You will need to bring swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit and a towel and shampoo for showering afterwards.