The Beginning Water Skier - How to Choose Your Water Skiing Equipment

By Claudia Reynolds

Whether you swim or not, you can water ski. It's a sport anyone can undertake if they love the water and its related activities.

There's basic water skiing equipment you need of course if you plan to pursue this sport or already do so.

Keeping Afloat Safely 
Probably the most important equipment for water skiing is the life preserver. Many states mandate the use of a life preserver for any water sport activity. Make sure your preserver is brightly colored for added safety, has a snug fit and that you're able to keep your head above the water line when testing out one of these essential water skiing equipment supplies.

The Preferred Choice 
When it comes to water skiing equipment, combination skis are the most commonly used skis. Because they have a broader tip, they are great for beginning water skiers. This makes this particular equipment for water skiing easier to learn on as the skier has greater control.

One Great Skiing Option 
Where combination skis use two skis for gliding over the water, slalom skis provide the water enthusiast with one ski. This type of ski makes it possible for the skier to ski at greater speeds. Also, because of their level bottoms and broader tails, the beginning or recreational skier has a better advantage when getting up out of the water and staying upright. The slalom skis for advanced water skiers have a more tapered tail design, beveled edges and camber bottoms. These skis are more difficult to maneuver but by the same token allow the more advanced skier to go faster too.

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How You Can Become a Scuba Diver

By Mike S. Shea

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When I am talking with people about what I do as a hobby, almost 80 percent of them say something to the effect that they have always wanted to scuba dive but didn't know how to go about getting the certification. There could be a couple of other obstacles getting in the way of someone becoming a scuba diver. Still the how is always one of the biggest obstacles.

Now, not all of the human population lives on a coast. Happens to be that I live outside of Chicago in Northwest Indiana. We have a strong population of scuba divers here in this somewhat landlocked area. Sure, we have the Great Lakes right here on our doorstep. Still people don't realize that you could be scuba diving there. So you shouldn't let your geographical area make the determination if you should scuba dive or not. To share another secret with you, I have a couple of friends that actually lived in Hawaii and didn't learn to scuba dive till they started living here. Really, you can't get much more dive friendlier than Hawaii. So even those that live in the "right" areas, don't take advantage of what they have.

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