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How To Get Up on Water Skis

Getting up on water skis isn’t so hard. Follow these basic guidelines and you’ll be a pro in no time.


  • Step 1: Shout “Hit it!” when the rope is pulled taut and you’re ready to be pulled up.
  • : Always use a designated spotter while you are water skiing, regardless of your skill level.
  • Step 2: Keep your back straight, your knees bent, and your arms straight.
  • TIP: Don’t try to pull yourself up; let the boat do the work for you.
  • FACT: Did you know? Nine out of 10 drownings occur in inland waters within a few feet of safety
  • Step 3: Stand up, keep your weight back, and enjoy that first run around the lake – you earned it.
  • Step 4: Indicate to the spotter that you’re ready for the driver to start the boat.
  • Step 5: Extend your arms in front of you so they’re nearly straight.
  • Step 6: Grab the tow rope while the boat is stopped and hook it on your arm while you’re putting on the skis.
  • TIP: Make sure your life jacket is the correct size and is in serviceable condition.
  • Step 7: Put on the water skis, making sure that the bindings are adjusted to fit your feet properly.
  • Step 8: Pull your knees to your chest and keep the tow rope between your skis.
  • TIP: Don’t be afraid to lean back – your life jacket will keep you afloat.
  • Step 9: Get in the water

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