Waterski 101 – The Basics

Waterskiing  is one of the most fun activities on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes but it is not as easy as it looks. Here at Watercraft Sales you can rent everything you need from the boat to the skis and to help you have a fun day out on the water we came up with our Waterski 101 tips!


1. Have The Right Equipment

Having the right equipment for the skier is without a doubt going to make a difference in how successful the waterski day will be. The Watercraft Sales Pro Shop can help you find the perfect size skis, life jacket, and rope for your entire group. Did you know that there are even skis that tie together for the younger skier?

2. Know The Hand Signals

When you have a skier on the back of the boat the only way to communicate is with hand signals. Here are the most universal hand signals which everyone in your party should know.


3. The Right People

Besides a driver for the boat you also need a spotter or an “observer” in the boat to be watching the person being towed. According to the Wisconsin DNR “A competent observer is on board and facing backwards towards the person being towed”

4. The Correct Form

A good start is the only way you will have a good ski so get things started on the right foot with the correct form. To start you want to be in the “cannonball” position with your knees to your chest, your arms straight out and the rope in front of you. Once you are “up” you will want to try to be in the “chair” position with your knees bend, arms straight and back straight.

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5. Go The Right Speed 

Going to fast and you will pull the skier right out of their skis and going to slow will allow the skier to sink so going the proper speed is critical for success. Below is a suggestion for the correct boat speed when pulling a skier.

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6. Practice 

It is a good thing that skiing is fun because it takes lots of practice to get good! Encourage your new skiers to work at this new skill and remember to take breaks between sessions so the skier does not get tired out.



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