British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) share their top tips for staying safe on your skis:
- Always wear a buoyancy aid or ski vest.
- Check your kit: look out for wing nuts, loose bindings, splinters and sharp metal.
- Remove any jewellery that could catch on the rope or handle.
- Shout ‘hit it’ to the driver when you’re ready to ski, when the rope is taut and your ski tips are up.
- Watch the water ahead of you at all times.
- Avoid falling forwards: sit down, or curl into a ball if falling sideways.
- Always let go of the handle when you fall.
- Learn and use the approved hand signals.
- Never ski directly ahead, or to the side, of another boat.
- Never ski in shallow or unfamiliar waters.
- Never ski at night.
As with all watersports, get started with some proper training from an approved expert. Find more info and affiliated clubs at bwsw.org.uk or for Ireland visit irishwwf.ie.