It’s everybody’s favorite time of year again: the kids are out of school, the days seem longer, and the weather keeps getting hotter. After what seems like an eternity, you can finally cash out on those vacation days you spent so long saving up so that you could finally have the summer family vacation you’ve been dying to have. But with the fortunate amount of crazy, fun summer vacation ideas for families, what do you possibly choose? You could do the classic trip to an amusement park but why not be a little more adventurous. Try water-skiing this summer is an adventure that could be worth your while. At first glance it seems like a daunting challenge but with the right tips and a little bit of practice, you and your family will be doing tricks and flips out on the water in no time.
Practice on Land
As excited as your child may be to get onto the water. The best approach for a beginner water-skier, especially children, is to practice the movements on dry land first. Give the child all the necessary equipment: a pair of skis, the handle and build the same illusion of water skiing by just dragging him along. This way he’ll get a less bumpy feel of the movements that he will experience when being pulled by a much faster boat.
When water-skiing, you and your children will be faced with the feeling as if you’re about to fall backwards. This is completely normal as the position you are in when on the water, gives off that feeling. That is why it is very important to remind your children to keep their weight on their toes. This counteracts that falling backwards feeling and causes for a more balanced and stable experience. Here is some help teaching your kids to water ski.
Slow and Steady
Presented with the opportunity to finally really get on the water, some children will be ecstatic but most will be scared. Ease your child into the experience. When he or she first gets into the water, have an adult get in there with him so that they may feel less frightened and comfortable. Start slowly and work your way up to a faster as you notice your child getting more and more comfortable on the skis. Take videos and pictures of your child, as seeing you just ask excited about the experience will surely build confidence, and they will love to see themselves water-skiing later.