When the weather warms up, the cool lake starts calling. What better way to spend on the lake than to go water skiing? Whether you are new to water skiing or a seasoned skier, a deepwater start is the most common way to get up on combo skis. The term combo skis mean that the skis come in a pair. Starting with combo skis is great for beginners because they provide an easier start and provide a versatile platform to have fun on.

If you have never skied before, it can seem impossible to get up out of the water at first. Beginners can quickly get the hang of a deep water start by following these four simple steps.

Step 1 - Knee to Chest

Starting in the water, bend your knees towards your chest, and hold the handle of your water ski rope between your knees.

Step 2 - Get Ready

Keep your combo skis shoulder-width apart, and allow at least 6 inches, but no more than 12 inches, of the skis to point out of the water at about a 45-degree angle to your tow boat.

Step 3 - Start to Stand

As the boat starts to pull forward, keep your arms straight, press your feet forward slightly, and stay in a sitting position until your skis are on top of the water, then straighten your legs and hold the handle of your water ski rope near your waist. Remember to keep a slight bend in your knees, and keep your back as straight as possible.

Step 4 - On Your Feet

Look straight ahead and keep your combo skis shoulder-width apart as you find your balance. Keep your weight evenly distributed to help you find your center and keep your balance.

Other Tips

By following these four simple steps, you'll be on your way to water skiing around the lake. Here are some additional things to keep in mind so that you have the best water adventure.

  • Something to keep in mind when starting on combo skis is to not give up right away. Even if you don’t get up on the first, second, or even tenth try, don’t stop trying. Skiing takes patience and a lot of practice.
  • Be safe! While rare, accidents and injuries still can occur. Never keep your knees or elbows locked—always keep a slight bend in the joints.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. While you are having fun water skiing, be on the lookout for any unexpected waves or objects floating in the water.
  • Sun Protection is a must. While you may be cool from the water, you may still get sunburns. Protect your skin with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. There is a multitude of rashgaurds and watersports specific clothing that allows you to stay cool while protecting your skin from the sun's rays.

Have more questions about water skiing or water sports in general? Read more tips and tricks on our Adventure Resource Guide! Or, visit us in-store or online at your local Sun & Ski Sports for expert advice on your next water skiing adventure.