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How to Water Ski in 1 Hour Without Falling

May 25, 2008
The single biggest problem with learning to water ski is that so many people have tried the wrong way and then told all their friends about the experience. It is too easy to just give up or never even try if you get taught by one of these people. But what if success was guaranteed? What if you could learn without ever falling?

There an an unlimited line of nay sayers who would love to tell you that they already tried to learn to water ski. If you will listen, you will hear about how hard it was or how they took a serious beating in the process. Avoid them altogether knowing that you not only will avoid every mistake they made, but you will also have the information to teach others without ever having a single fall.

Learning to water ski or teaching someone else is easy if you master the 4 Keys to learning without falling. If you master the correct standing and sitting positions that are critical to all water skiing disciplines, then you will be able to learn and teach others effortlessly.

The first lesson is easy. It can be done whether you are standing or sitting. Practice arching your back, pinching your shoulder blades together, and lifting up your rib cage as high as you can. This is the correct upper body position that I refer to when I talk about "Posture." It is critical to great skiing.

While holding onto a ski handle, I want you to get into good Posture and then lean way back until your hips come within 8 inches of the handle. If you are holding the exaggerated upper body posture, and are learning back enough to get your shoulders behind your butt, then you should feel like the pull of the rope is going directly to your hips. This is called "the Power Band Position."

Now that you have achieved the powerful upper body form, you need to add the correct knee and ankle position of the lower body that will make you effortless on the water. This position is called the "Glide Position." Simply repeat the above steps to achieve your "Posture" and "Power Band." Now move back your ankles until they are behind your knee caps. This now gives you the total package of being light and powerful when you get up onto the water and it is critical to master on dry land.

Here is lesson number two. The next skill that must be accomplished off the water is the Three Point Position. This is the sitting position that gives you total control while the boat is in gear before it ever accelerates. To practice this on dry land, keep the handle in front of your knees, your knees together, and your feet wider than your hips. This is the position that you will need to learn to relax in while the boat is in gear.

Lesson 3 is huge. Now that you know what the correct Three Point Position and standing positions are, you might think it is time to go get behind the boat and try it out. That is the next big mistake that separates amateurs from the pros. If you truly want to learn as well as teach others to water ski without falling, then you will need to use a water ski boom or a barefoot boom.

A barefoot boom is an aluminum pole that goes off the side of the boat that has cables that attach it to the front of the boat. The beginning barefoot water skier, wakeboarder, water skier, or slalom skier can learn by holding onto the ultra stable barefoot boom while mastering the basics. From there, they can progress to a five foot rope that attaches to the barefoot boom, and after that, success behind the boat is certain.

Are you ready to get in the water? Let's practice by only using the Three Point Position while holding directly onto the boom where you will be able to see and talk to the driver. Simply keep your knees together, sit on the ski, and let your arms relax. When you feel calm and relaxed, have the driver put the boat in the slowest possible forwards speed. We call this "in gear" or at an idle speed. As the water pushes against the ski, learn to relax in the Three Point Position without the fear of the boat taking off and accelerating.

Before ever trying to get up, make sure you can hold this position with your free foot dragging behind your ski foot. If you can hold this position in control for at least five seconds, then you are ready for the acceleration phase of getting up!

Practice holding the Three Point Position for 5 seconds and then have the driver accelerate moderately to a speed that allows you to morph into your correct standing form. Slower is always better than faster since the boom gives upward lift and stability. Trying using 10-12mph for children, 15-20mph for medium sized adults, and 20-25 for larger adults. As long as the skier holds the correct form, you can add a little more speed.

Once you have established the fact that you own the correct standing position, have the driver slow down and see if you can get comfortably back into the sitting position. If you can go fluidly from sitting to standing and then back to the sitting position, then you are ready to move on to the five foot rope. The same rules apply to getting to behind the boat without ever taking a fall.

The driver's role in learning without falling is to be vigilant in watching the skier's form. If the skier breaks from the correct form in even the slightest amount, it is critical that the driver slow down to a stop. By adhering to critical form in conjunction with boat acceleration, the skier will always be able to learn without falling. Although this can frustrate an aggressive skier, it is critical to mastering world class form and to avoid completely unnecessary falls.
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