Water-skiing can make for a memorable day on the water but Dan Sciscente says caution is the key to unlocking an adventure.
There is nothing like getting your feet snug inside of a pair of good skis and taking off in the crystal waters of a lake, says Dan Sciscente. But, no matter where you ski, getting ready is the same. Here, Dan Sciscente – a life-long watersports participant and fanatic – explains to novice skiers what they must do to have the best chance at actually staying upright.
- A good fit is paramount to a successful trip, says Dan Sciscente. Loose skis can snap an ankle; the ER is no place for watersports fans.
- Once your skis are on and snug, place the rope handle in between your knees.
- Position your skis about a foot above the water and point them toward the boat, instructs Dan Sciscente.
- Make sure your knees stay together and your skis parallel.
- Dan Sciscente says that when the boat starts gaining momentum, it’s time to get ready by putting your chin on your chest and your arms out. Keep your arms bent slightly.
- Lean somewhat forward. The boat will pull you into position on the water, explains Dan Sciscente.
- When the skis are level with the water, stand up.
- Dan Sciscente claims that standing too soon can knock you down.
- Make sure your arms are straight. Resist the urge to pull the handle toward you.
- Look at the boat; do not look away to avoid getting your face or eyes wet. This does way more harm than good.
- Balancing isn’t as hard as it sounds. Dan Sciscente suggests paying attention to where your weight shifts and compensate as you move, much like driving when you are continually adjusting the steering wheel.
- If you are just starting out, don’t try to kick off the wakes just yet. Stop and get to know the water, the skis, and the boat captain’s methods of steering before you get creative, recommends Dan Sciscente.
Once you get going, always use hand signals to let the driver know what you want. Don’t fight it, says Dan Sciscente. Like a good dance parent, the water will let you know what you must do. Finally, Dan Sciscente says that remembering to let go of the handle after a fall seems to perplex even experienced skiers at times but it’s one of the most important thing you can do to keep yourself from getting injured. Water skiing is a great sport that teaches balance and strengthens muscles but, as Dan Sciscente puts it, it’s all about having fun.