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What are some water skiing hand signals?

When you are out on the water, it is useful to know some water skiing hand signals, for your safety and for the safety of others around you while participating in any watersports activity. Some basic water skiing hand signals include:

  • Directions: When the person on water skis points to the right or left, they are indicating to the driver in the tow boat that they want to go right or left.
  • Safety: When a water skier wipes out, they should curve one arm over their head, or extend both arms up and reach them together to form an “O” shape to show that they are OK.
  • Wakes: Someone riding in a tow boat can move their arms up and down to signal to the person water skiing that they are about to hit wakes.
  • Stopping: When the skier is ready to stop water skiing, they should make a slicing “cut” motion across their neck to indicate that they are about to drop the tow rope.

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