Here's how to get up on two water skis while doing a deepwater start.
Time Required: 15 seconds
- Place the water skis snugly on your feet. A good fit is important.
- With the rope handle in your hands, place it between your knees.
- Knees should be bent towards the chest.
- Point the skis, about shoulder length apart, towards the boat, with at least 6-12 inches of ski above the water.
- As the boat begins to move forward, keep your knees together, skis parallel.
- Arms straight out (slightly bent at the elbows), chin towards chest.
- Press slightly forward with both feet.
- Stay in a sitting position, until the boat pulls you on top of the water.
- Stand up when the skis are horizontal to the water. This is called "planing." Even when erect, keep your knees slightly bent to act as shock absorbers.
- If you try to stand too soon you will be thrown off balance and fall backwards or forwards.
- Do not pull on the rope towards your body, keep the arms straight.
- Do not point your head towards the sky to avoid getting water spray in the face. Having your sight set towards the boat is essential for keeping a balanced position.
- If you feel you are going off balance use your body to slightly steer in the right direction.
- Remain balanced, head towards the boat, and do not look down at the skis. Keep your back straight, with skis shoulder width apart.
- After you are up and balanced stay inside the wakes for a while to get a feel of the skis.
- Let the skis and the boat do the work. Don't fight it.
- Use hand signals to let the driver know if you want to go faster or slower.
- Don't forget to let go of the rope when you fall.