How to Water Ski

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Water skiing educator Steve Lohr demonstrates how to water ski. Learn all the water ski basics. Get up on two skis, drop one and try a slalom deep water start.

    Steve Lohr: Hi, I am Steve Lohr at Lohr's Lake in Sparta Virginia and today I am going to teach you how to Water Ski. From what equipment to use to body position to how to ski on the water. There are few things you will need before we get started. Most important is access to a suitable boat with a trained crew and driver. You will also need a safe venue such as a lake, river or other suitable waterway. A pair of water skis, an rope and handle, typically 75 feet in length and a wet suit if it's cold and properly fitted life jacket. Here are few safety tips before we get started. Wear a Coast Guard approved flotation device, know the basic safety signals, use equipment in a good condition and properly sized. Don't ski in your docks, other boats, shoreline or swimmers. Never put any part of your body through the handle or wrap the rope around your self in any way. When falling fall backwards or to either side and only ski with an experienced boat driver. Before we get started let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been water skiing for over 50 years, I have been coaching for over 45 years. I have been a member of USA Water Ski for 43 years and have served on the Board of Directors, a member of American Water Ski Educational Foundation and assisted in the development of the national coaches program in Colorado Springs. Now that you know little bit about me, let's get started water skiing.