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Ron Grover
08-10-2012, 11:26 AM
How young should you start them? This is my granddaughter she is 3. This week I started her on a kneeboard slowly. Trying to get her used to being pulled alone behind the boat.

mzimme
08-10-2012, 11:30 AM
6 months old... Parks Bonifay Style.

76S&S
08-10-2012, 12:58 PM
when they are ready...

skps190
08-10-2012, 03:19 PM
My daughter is turned 2 in April and we've started her on the E-Z ski. I like the E-Z ski b/c she's holding onto a handle that is attached to the ski and not the boat directly. We only go a touch over idle speed and she lasts 3-4 minutes at a time but I consider it a good start. She asks to go when we're in the boat, we never force her when she doesn't want to.

east tx skier
08-10-2012, 04:00 PM
Both of ours were on the boat from about 3 weeks old forward. They never fussed about life jackets as a result. That is a huge hurdle for some. They were on the zip sled at 18 months and 16 months respectively ... with a parent in tow. Both enjoyed it, but our older son enjoyed it more. Our younger one had ear tubes and spent more time in the boat than on the water as a result. Our older son got up on skis when he was 3 and a half. However, he preferred the zip sled. We encouraged them, but did not push. This year, our older son (now 7) is a complete lake rat and lives to ski and kneeboard. Our younger son has always loved the boat, but has been less interested in getting on the water until this year when he decided that he loves the zip sled.

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kyfooter
08-10-2012, 05:03 PM
when they are ready...

Agreed! It cracks me up when people rush a child in as if they've achieved something wonderful...in most cases, it's all for the parents' ego.

If your child can swim well, and likes the water, ease into it. They'll let you know. Worst thing you can do is force a child...it will stick with them for a long time.

There are a number of great alternatives now which help ease kids into skiing. We bought what we call the ski-tube a few years back and it has been great for our 3-year old. It's very easy, takes minimal balance, and unless they jump off they don't even have to get wet. Our then 4-year old liked it as well, and he made the switch to first tied skis, then no ties in just a few months.

I liken skiing to any other sports. Don't force them, and teach them properly and they'll progress fine, but more importantly enjoy it.

east tx skier
08-10-2012, 05:23 PM
If your child can swim well, and likes the water, ease into it. They'll let you know. Worst thing you can do is force a child...it will stick with them for a long time.

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I liken skiing to any other sports. Don't force them, and teach them properly and they'll progress fine, but more importantly enjoy it.

Knowing how to swim is overrated. ;)

Kidding, sort of. Ours were riding before they could swim. But we were always out there with them dragging along and boat speed was just off idle.

Totally agree on not forcing it. Even though ours started young, there were times along the way when they expressed fear or were just not interested. We always encouraged them, but never forced them. If they aren't enjoying it, there's no point in pushing it. They had as much fun being in the boat while other people skied. Example. The little one with the big grin on his face in that last picture hadn't been back on that zip sled in about two years. We would ask him, he'd say no, we'd say no problem, and he'd cheer for his brother, me, or his mother. Then, one day last month, he said he wanted to go. The only time he cried was when we told him he had to give someone else a turn.

If you're not comfortable with them on the water, try the grass. Zip sleds, kneeboards, and trainer skis work just fine on grass with a parent as a beast of burden.

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All kids are different. Our older one has always shown more bravery than I ever knew at his age.

d36yzrider
08-10-2012, 05:57 PM
I started when I was 2 on the barefoot boom with a kneeboard then the skis tied together went from the boom to the barefoot handle and finally on a slalom ski the funny thing is I never double skied long line behind the boat just went straight to a single ski but id say start em as young as possible as long as there willing