With summer in full swing and COVID restrictions loosening, parents are exploring extracurricular activities to share with their kids. Long, sunny days and blue skies are the perfect combination for any outdoor activities, especially those on the water. And if you’re looking to introduce your child to one of the funnest options out there, barefoot waterskiing may be the option for them! Take your family out on the boat and give them the thrill and excitement of zooming across the water. Check out everything you need to know to get started with barefoot water skiing! Outdoor Fun For The Whole Family Barefoot water skiing is an outdoor sport that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. It can be easily taught and with the right safety precautions and equipment, everyone can have a great time hitting the water! Plus, as you practice, you can show off your moves to family and friends. Be sure to choose a day and time that offers clear, sunny skies and little to no wind. This will ensure that you have the best experience possible without the added challenges of adverse weather. Plus, the water is guaranteed to be cold, so a sunny day is the perfect thing to balance it out! Overall, this watersport is the perfect opportunity for some family bonding time and will create a wealth of treasured memories. And your children can enjoy sharing the experience of trying something novel and exciting with their loved ones. It’s truly the perfect summer outing for the whole family! A Combination of Exercise And Fun One of the best advantages to barefoot water skiing is that it’s not only fun, it also provides a great workout. This sport offers excellent benefits for muscle toning, core strengthening and balancing, and calorie burning. It’s easy on the joints and helps to support strong, healthy bodies. This is a plus for both adults and children! Additionally, barefoot water skiing offers excellent mental stimulation and eye/hand/foot coordination; something every growing child needs! And as they improve, your kids can try out new tricks to take their skiing to the next level. It’s also an excellent activity to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air before school starts up again. And during these hot summer months, it’s the perfect way to cool down! Take The Opportunity To Learn In Advance Perhaps you’re considering taking lessons for barefoot water skiing before venturing out on your own. There are a variety of options out there, both as virtual and in-person instruction. Skiers of any level can benefit from private lessons and in many cases, your whole family can learn all together! Virtual lessons have the advantage of immediacy, accessibility, and affordability. For a very convenient cost, you can learn everything you need to prep your family for their first water skiing outing from the comfort of your home. Want more of an interactive experience? In-person lessons might be just the thing you and your family need to get started on this new adventure. Typically, the boat and equipment are provided, as well as personalized instruction. Go at your own pace and even learn a few tricks along the way! Having a hard time deciding which is right for you? Check out this link to get more information about our barefoot and virtual ski school! Wear The Appropriate Attire As with any water sport, if you want to explore barefoot waterskiing, be sure to get the proper safety gear. Besides a trusty and reliable boat, you will also need life jackets, helmets, and a good quality wetsuit. There are various options of suits and wearable gear available, such as dry suits, fleece suits, dry socks/booties, and gloves. And we’ve got a great selection of suits to choose from to get you prepped for your first ride! Ultimately, you’ll want to find an assembly of items that will keep you warm and able to comfortably move while in the water. Get Equipped If you really want to create the best barefoot water skiing experience, you will also need a barefoot ski boom and/or a boat ski pole (also known as ski pylons). You can’t go wrong with either option. Both will provide an enriching and more exciting experience for every member of the family, whether beginner or expert. Ski poles and ski booms are both easy to assemble and save time and effort for those learning on the water. Specifically, ski booms are metal bars that are connected to a tower on the boat and extend out to the side. A skier would grip the pole as the boat moves, gliding across the water as they do so. A boom offers stellar support as you ski and will keep you from falling or sinking into the water. Ski booms such as our Barefoot International Tower Boom, provides a smooth and sturdy ride and can help you learn how to water ski without having to worry about constantly falling. A boat ski pole, on the other hand, offers similar advantages as a ski boom. However, instead of utilizing a pole, the ski pole is anchored to the back of the boat and raises the rope to a higher level. This allows the skier to get up at slow speeds without falling, offering the maximum water skiing experience. And if boat ski poles are what you’re looking for, our Barefoot International Pro Ski Pylon is the perfect choice! So, What Are You Waiting For? There’s never a moment like the present! Whether you feel you want to start with lessons or dive right in and are ready to equip your boat with what you need, the Footers Edge has got you covered. From our virtual and in-person ski school to our inventory of quality tower booms, boat ski pylons, and wetsuits, we have everything you’ll want to take to the water and start your barefoot water skiing adventure! Still have questions? Give us a shout or stop by our site today to learn more!