As well as the skier and the boat driver, a third person called a spotter should be present at all times to watch the skier and inform the driver if the skier falls.
Various waterskiing disciplines exist including;
- Show skiing, which involves individuals or teams performing tricks such as jumps or pyramids
- Slalom skiing is using only one ski to navigate around buoys,with the skier being marked points on number of buoys cleared, speed of the boat and the length of the rope. The faster the speed and shorter the rope, the more difficult the task.
- Trick skiing involves completing one or two 20 second runs performing a series of tricks, either on one or two skis
- Ski Jumping involves skiing up and over a wooden ramp, with professional skiers sometimes travelling 250 feet and hitting the ramp at almost 70 mph.
- Barefoot skiing, with no skis, requires faster speeds and beginners often start out with small shoe skis before going completely barefoot.
British Water Ski and Wakeboard (BWSW) is the recognised body that represents water skiing in the UK and are recognised as such by Sport England and UK Sport. BWSW invest in developing and protecting water skiing throughout Britain from grassroots through to elite.
BWSW actively encourages newcomers to the sport, promotes good practice and safety, works to enhance and improve standards of coaching and driving, and provides active competition programmes in all divisions of the sport. BWSW cover a number of disciplines; Tournament, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Ski Racing, Barefoot, Disabled.