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We’ve all been there at some point on holiday. You’ll be lying on a beach looking at the waves and see someone rip it up as they skim across the water on skis. Without getting yourself in an envious mood, you’ll be delighted to know that at our sun resorts in Greece and Turkey holiday-goers have the opportunity to do a true bucket-list holiday activity; learn how to waterski in the Mediterranean.
Even though it looks like it takes a lot of effort, it is incredibly easy to learn how to waterski. Any guest can quickly take the reins and experience the unforgettable thrill of hitting the waves without a care in the world.
With expert instructors at hand, you’ll quickly go from learning the ropes on land to holding them and pulling off expert moves like a professional in no time at all.
Get your jacket on, pop your feet in the skis and see what waterskiing is like on a very special day at the beach with us.
We believe that everyone who has the chance should take a little time from relaxing by the pool or beach to try waterskiing. We think it is ideal for:
• Teenagers - with lessons available for anyone aged 13 and up, teens will love the chance to try such an exhilarating activity.
• Solo travellers - the ideal solo watersport; it's just you, the skis and whatever direction the boat takes you.
• Adults - for anyone who is looking to try something different on holiday, waterskiing promises to be a good laugh and just the type of activity you wouldn't get the chance to do back home.
You’ve woken up to another gorgeous sun holiday at your chosen resort and feel like today’s the day to try waterskiing. As with any new activity, it can be a little daunting if you have no prior knowledge of what’s going on.
Just because you don’t know what way the skis point, how you’re meant to stand or think your balance may be off doesn’t mean you should feel put off learning to waterski.
With just a few minutes spent learning the basics and how to ride safely, you should be able to get the basics.
First time on skis? Expect plenty of pratfalls and your balance being tested at every turn.
Waterskiing looks difficult but is surprisingly easy to pick up and learn. Some guests equate the activity to simply learning how to hold a rope while maintaining a body squat.
There are several basic manoeuvres you will practice as part of your lesson to get used to how to stand and move when on skis. Our waterski expert Jessica Gillam will run us through some of the basic skills and movements you’ll want to know about when learning to waterski.
Reading about them will help you see what to do, with some you can even try at home:
You’re comfortable taking the reins and feel like you need to up your game when splashing around on the skis. So what’s next?
With each session lasting 10 minutes, you’ll quickly want to push your skills forward and learn new tricks, like how to side slide and back wrap.
Getting into particular, waterski expert Jessica Gillam shares some of their preferred advance manoeuvres for those of us looking to master the waves:
This is the first position to start in. Riders lie in the water on their back, holding on to the rope. As the bar starts to move, they use speed to get up and start their ride. It requires focussed balance when starting, but soon becomes second nature the more you tow.
While being towed the noise of the boat eliminates vocal communication. Instead, riders will use hand gestures. A thumb up or down indicates you want to go faster or slower. Pointing in the air indicates you want to turn around while placing your hand flat indicates you want to go back to the dock.
A dock start is where the rider stands upright on the edge of the water while holding onto the rope. Dock starts are seen as much harder because of the pull from the line and the fact the rider hits speed instantly. This move is usually seen in professional competitions.
When comfortable with moving around on skis, you can attempt to jump. Riders will move to the outsides of the wake created by the boat, jump over one and land in the middle. The motion is similar to jumping up, but with feet affixed, you’re using momentum to complete the move.
Currently, we only provide waterskiing as standard at our sun resorts in Greece and Turkey.
Here are the Greek destinations guests can waterski in:
What a dream location to learn waterskiing. The long beach makes it ideal for beginners to learn how to steady themselves over longer distances and get used to turns.
A wonderful bay that has quite peaceful waters, it is magical getting first-timers acquainted with using skis on the water.
Known for having very calm waters, guests seem to improve skills in no time at all
Here are the Turkish destinations guests can waterski in:
Instructors say the conditions are ideal for beginners, with gentle bumps in the waves getting you braced to steady yourself quickly
When you’re completely new to the sport, there is a free mandatory lesson you’ll need to take. This lesson is led by a professional instructor and takes place on land. You’ll be run through the basics and given a full understanding of how to ski safely. It is then up to you if you want to proceed out on the water.
We wish all the advice needed to go waterskiing was popping on the skis and having a laugh, but every rider needs to take to the water safely. To help newbies and those already a little familiar with waterskiing, we have two dedicated courses available.
Beginner waterski course
Created for anyone completely new to the sport, this course will see you take part in a lesson on land to run through all the basics before taking to the water. You’ll get four separate sessions each lasting 10 minutes. Riders start with a training bar to help composure and gain confidence on skis.
The beginner course is £70 and must be booked in resort.
Improver waterski course
Similar in structure to the beginner course, you’ll go through a 10-minute session on land to refamiliarise yourself and help instructors understand your skill level before taking to the water. You’ll have four 10 minute sessions around the water to try your best.
The improver course is £70 and must be booked in resort.
*Please note that all prices above vary due to exchange rates and local taxes in each resort. Also, courses are not available for guests of Levante Beach Resort.
Water skiing at sun resorts is carried out on a “pay as you go” basis, with each session (or tow) lasting roughly 10 minutes, independent of courses. Prices are broken into two separate age groups:
Tow sessions need to be booked at the resort.
Are there waterskiing courses for children?
We do not have dedicated courses for kids, but children can take part depending on age. For example, it is acceptable for children 8 and above to take part in lessons at Paleros Beach Resort.
Some resorts do allow for towing for anyone aged 13 and under, although it is at the discretion of the instructor whether or not someone is allowed to take part as we take safe riding seriously.
Can I pre-book waterski sessions?
Guests at Paleros Beach Resort can pre-book waterski packages, and are priced as follows:
A waterski package can be used by multiple members at once, i.e. if four people or a family book a four tow package, each person can have one tow.
No need to try and pack skis in your suitcase. Everything you need will be available in your size down by the water.
There are several ski options to choose from. Beginners benefit best from using wide combo skis. You can also use standard skis or mono ski, as well as different size skis for kids.
You have to book tows in when you get to the resort, and they may incur a local tax charge. Please chat to reception if you want to book in, so you don’t miss out from simply showing up at the beach if a session is already fully booked.