USA Water Ski is the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is a member of the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body), the Pan American Sports Organization and the United States Olympic Committee. Affiliated with USA Water Ski as sport disciplines are the American Water Ski Association (AWSA), American Barefoot Club (ABC), American Kneeboard Association (AKA), National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA), National Show Ski Association (NSSA), National Water Ski Racing Association (NWSRA), United States Hydrofoil Association (USHA), USA Wakeboard (USA-WB) and Water Skiers with Disabilities Association (WSDA).
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. It is “Rule One”. It is an attitude in which everyone assumes responsibility for their own equipment, safety and well- being and looks out for the safety and well- being of others as well.
AWSEF and USA Water Ski encourage you to be safe on the water.
1. Speed up: The "thumbs-up" gesture is used to indicate the skier would like the speed increased.
2. Slow Down: The "thumbs-down" gesture is used to indicate the skier would like the speed decreased.
3. Turn: When either the skier or the driver wants the boat turned, a circle motion with the arm over the head with one finger in the air is used. Pointing in the direction of the turn usually follows this signal.
4. Back to Dock: A pat on the head indicating that the skier would like to return to the starting dock.
5. Cut Motor/Stop: A slashing motion with the hand across the neck indicates the boat is to stop immediately. This signal can be used by the skier, driver, or observer.
6. OK: If the newly set speed or boat path is good, then the skier uses the OK signal – an "O" made with the index finger and thumb. This signal can also be used between skier and observer to indicate that signals given by one of them has been received by the other.
8. I’m OK" after a fall: This is the most important signal, which indicates that a skier is OK after a fall. If consists of both hands clasped over the head.
WHY LEARN HOW TO WATER SKI?
Water skiing is a sport that has been around for many, many years. Teaching someone how to ski involves them into a traditional and exhilarating sport.
Water skiing is a family and friends sport. All ages can participate and the entire family can enjoy from ages 3 and beyond. Kids get a great feeling of being on the water and a wave of confidence.
Water skiing has many different disciplines. From traditional 3 event with slalom, trick and jump to riding in the air on a hydrofoil, you can choose your level of excitement.
THE HISTORY OF USA WATER SKI
1939 -- First AWSA HQ was a desk drawer in the home of American Water Ski Association founder, Dan B. Hains in Bayville, N.Y.
1949 -- AWSA moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., when Chuck Sligh became president
1955 -- Outboard Boating Club of America takes over administration of AWSA HQ in Chicago
1958 -- AWSA moved to Winter Haven, Fla., on Lake May. Hired full-time executive director.
1968 -- AWSEF began as a paper organization administered by AWSA.
1976 -- AWSA moved to building on Overlook Drive in Winter Haven.
1999 -- 60th Anniversary AWSA - became USA Water Ski2001 -- 50th Anniversary of The Water Skier Magazine