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Old 09-06-2018, 12:28 AM
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Suggestions for trainer ski for child

Looking at these two different models on overtonís any suggestions on the bamboo board vs the inflatable ?





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Old 09-06-2018, 08:51 AM
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I have the wood HO version. We pull it right along shore in a couple of inches of water, or even completely in the sand when they are scared to go in the water. I wouldn't do that with an inflatable.

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Old 09-06-2018, 09:01 AM
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We own the top one and it's pretty easy to get the grandkids up on it. I'd probably only consider something non inflatable, mainly due to durability
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:19 AM
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I have the inflatable and it's way to easy for even the youngest kiddo's. My three year old and five year old were bored quickly. I'd go the other route if I could do over.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:26 AM
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Ok thank you for all the suggestions. I was leaning towards the wood version, we can also test it out in the snow() this winter
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:42 AM
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I had the inflatable one. I wouldn't say it does much for teaching them to ski, it just gets them out on the water. My daughter used to dance around on it while she was out there.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:02 PM
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I went this route. I looked and couldn't find any picture of my kids using it in this setup, but my 5 and 4 year old learned very quickly and progressed to skiing without the rope hooded to the skis very quickly. We also started out pulling by hand along shore to "teach" them. you only have to go about 4-6mph with a kid around 40lbs.

I don't leave the rear rope on because it seems to give more stability if they "snowplow".

The benefit of going this route is you have a set of kids skis when they get better.

I also added weights to the rear of the skis so smaller kids could use them without being pushed around by the skis trying to float.




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Old 09-06-2018, 12:38 PM
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We have the top wooden one. We have used it to start out many of our nieces and nephews. It's great at getting them comfortable on the water but I also think it teaches them some bad habits that you have to get out of their minds when moving to actual skis. They can simply lock their knees and lean back and get up with it. That doesn't translate well when you move them to actual skis and we had issues with them not understanding that. They then get frustrated and want to move back to the sled which then just compounds the problem. I am all for anything that gets kids out on the water but I thought I would share our experience with it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:54 PM
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I went this route. I looked and couldn't find any picture of my kids using it in this setup, but my 5 and 4 year old learned very quickly and progressed to skiing without the rope hooded to the skis very quickly. We also started out pulling by hand along shore to "teach" them. you only have to go about 4-6mph with a kid around 40lbs.

I don't leave the rear rope on because it seems to give more stability if they "snowplow".

The benefit of going this route is you have a set of kids skis when they get better.

I also added weights to the rear of the skis so smaller kids could use them without being pushed around by the skis trying to float.



https://youtu.be/8R4HiHlfgp4

This isn't my video, but this is how i started my kids off and thought it might help you. After they get the shore stuff, then you start dragging them behind a boat.
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