Skim the surface and send water flying in all directions on skis, a wakeboard or a knee-board. It's fast, fun and wet!
Waterskiing and wakeboarding use skills and equipment similar to those used for surfing, skiing and snowboarding to move across water while standing upright and being towed by a boat.
To take girls waterskiing, you will need to find a reputable local provider with a suitably qualified instructor.
You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.
See safety regulations below for more information on water safety.
To do waterskiing, girls must be able to:
- swim 50 metres
- keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.
Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.
Be inclusive: If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.
The Leader must:
- make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
- make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
- follow water safety guidance and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.
Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.
See our guidance on water activities.
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