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 WATERSKIING

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Water skiing is a surface water sport and recreational activity. Skiers wearing skis (similar to snow skis) are pulled across the water by a rope with a handle fitted at one end and attached to a powerboat at the other.

Popularity
Water skiing is an activity popular in many countries around the world where appropriate conditions exist - an expanse of water unaffected by to much wave motion.

Location
an expanse of water unaffected by to much wave motion. Sheltered Bays, large Rivers, lakes, and reservoirs skiing.

Age
There is no minimum age for this activity, youngsters learning the basics from as young as seven or eight years old. Rarely do youngsters compete in competitions under the age of twelve years.

Ability
Beginners usually ski with two skis, a ski on each foot, at around 25-35kph. Dropping to one ski once confidence is gained, traveling at 45-55kph. It is actually easier to travel at the faster speeds because of the greater lift and stability.

Description
Within the confines of being pulled along by the boat, skiers can control their direction by balancing their weight on different sides of their ski. This is used to zip back and forth behind the boat.

Potential
Leisure water skiers once competent at basic water skiing, often progress into the competitive water skiing disciplines of; jumping 559, Slalom 560, Ski racing and Trick 561.

Closely Related Activities
Several new sports have been invented that involve being towed behind a boat. They include Wakeboarding 630, Kneeboarding 798, Wakeskating 799, Scurf Boarding 520, Bare Foot Skiing 801 and Hydrofoiling 800.

Cost
Membership of a club costs from between £100 /£200 per year. Most, if not all, clubs offer coaching and tuition for those who want to progress after their first lesson. An hour of expert tuition will cost around £15 and for this you get initial instruction and time on the water with a qualified instructor. Equipment costs are; Skis from £75+ (adult) Wet suits from £65+ Life jackets from £25+

Level of Demand
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