The Art of Water Skiing

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Water skiing is a sport where a person is mounted on two skis wide enough to support him or her while being pulled behind a boat as speeds of 15 to 35 miles per hour.

To begin a water ski session a person either starts from a sitting position on a dock, while the boat takes off, pulling the person off the dock and onto the water in a standing position, or from a sitting position in the water with skis facing forward, and the boat pulls away.

Beginners sometimes take a few tries before they get the rhythm and coordination that is necessary to get into a standing position and are able to negotiate their balance in order to stay in the skiing position.

It takes good coordination and adequate upper and lower body, and leg strength in order to water ski for any length of time. It doesn’t take too long for fatigue to become a factor in staying up above the water, for water skiing can get to be very tiring.

The stance that should be taken when water skiing is one of a slight crouch, leaning back with hands and arms straight out in front, clinging to the ski rope, as the boat travels along the water. Typically, the skier is 15 to 25 yards behind the boat.

If the skier tires and wants to quit, all he or she has to do is let go of the ski rope, and settle gently into the water, and wait for the ski boat to come and pick him or her up. The skier will wear a flotation vest so that resting in the water is not an exertion. From there the skier can make the decision as to whether another round of skiing is in the plan, or perhaps to call it a day and let someone else have a turn.

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