Camps With Water-skiing

Written by Rebecca Russell
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Many summer camps owe their success to the amount of repeat campers they have year after year. The loyalty shown by each individual is a mark of true achievement in the summer camp world. After all, it is highly unlikely that a camper would come back each summer if there were not aspects of the camp that he or she enjoyed. From friends to traditions to favorite activities and great day trips, there are all kinds of reasons to return to summer camp.

The vast majority of camps are situated on lakes or large ponds. These waterfront properties leave all sorts of room open for different and exciting water sports. Swimming, canoeing and sailing are the traditional summer camp offerings. These days, however, water-skiing has become an extremely popular sport and many campers choose to remain loyal to the camps that offer it among their activities.

Water-skiing is slightly difficult to learn at first, but once the technique is mastered, it can bring a huge amount of enjoyment. The key to a successful water-skiing venture, for a beginner, is being able to stand up on the skis. It is a delicate balance between the speed of the motor boat and the tension on the rope. Pull too hard and you will likely fall over forward. Pull too softly and you will often not stand up at all. Once the balance is achieved, however, there is no better feeling that being pulled across the water on skis.

Safety First with Water Skiing

Motorboat safety is a big issue at summer camp. The boat should be operated by a properly trained staff member over the age of 18. Life jackets should always be worn by both the boat driver and by the individual on water skis. Additionally, proper hand and arm signals should be decided upon beforehand so that the skier may indicate his or her speed desires and can communicate distress in the event of an emergency.

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