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    Any waterskiing quads?

    Before my accident, I was a real waterbaby, loved boating and waterskiing.

    A para friend has invited me to go skiing with them sometime when it warms up a bit but I've got a few questions aimed at quads. Any quads out there been waterskiing?

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    Hey, I've gone water-skiing. Only once tho, but was great fun. I have snowed skied often since injury also. There's some similarity, but in some ways, it was more independent water skiing since you are not tethered as you are with snow skiing - (for those who are higher level and requiring bi-ski and tethering).
    Anyway, what are your concerns/questions?

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    I went last year and can't wait to go again.

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    Ok, my first concern is wet shorts after I've [hopefully ] survived the skiing. At home, I can get dry and dress if everything is set up the way I usually do it but if I'm at the lake ....?
    I've heard too many stories about sitting in wet clothes and getting pressure sores. How did you guys do it?

    The other thing is the ski rope. My buddy is a para so when he does it, he can grip the rope but for me, that isnt going to work too well so I'll need to either use velcro gloves to strap on or to attach the rope straight to the ski.
    Then when I faceplant, I'm going to be sucking on water til the boat stops.

    So, to recap, I'm going with a friend not some specialist company that does disabled skiing and from past experience I know that it's more fun if you've anticipated and found ways to deal with stuff before you get to a remote spot.

    Any "hands on" experience by quads is going to help plenty.

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    I went water skiing last year for the first time and loved it. I'm trying to buy a ski right now.

    For a quad. Peace-of cake! the ski rope has a knot in it instead of a handle to hold onto. On the front of the ski is a block of wood with a slice in it just wide enough for the ski rope to slid in but small enough so the knot tied in the rope can't be pulled thru the slot in the wooden block.
    The ski has out riggers on it. you can't really "cut" into the water like a Para will be able to. someone without out riggers on their ski). As your being pulled behind the boat, you will always stay in the wake because of the out riggers.
    As fair as starting out? In about 3-4' of water you'll need someone to help hold you and the ski in place till the boat pulls you. The only thing you need to do is to make shirr you lean your head back as you come up onto plane. After your up, their nothing left for you to do but sit back and enjoy the ride. Your hands are free to do as they want.

    As fair as wetsuits goes. I wouldn't worry about having one. Just use a plan old bathing suite. once your up on plane, the only thing that will get wet is your feet, and the side of your hips. But they are protected by the nylon sling that your sitting on in the cage.

    when your done with the ride, you'll need a "quick release" ski rope. (A rope that detaches from the boat). As the boat comes around to the shoreline, someone in the boat lets go of the rope and your speed should carry you close enough to the shoreline for someone to catch you as you come off a plane and sink into the water. Take a deep breath! If you have no movement from your shoulders on down you might end up face down in the water until your friends can turn you over so that you face is out of the water.

    Hope that helped.
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    At the least you have to have the quick release rope and somebody in the boat to pull it for you. It's too dangerous otherwise; have you ever fished with a deep diving lure? LOL, you don't want to be one.

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    Originally posted by Betheny:

    At the least you have to have the quick release rope and somebody in the boat to pull it for you. It's too dangerous otherwise; have you ever fished with a deep diving lure? LOL, you don't want to be one.
    Hehe, this is going to be fun. I'm sure I'll exceed my daily recommended water intake

    Bill, that photo is awesome, is that you? Makes me want to hit the water right now. I'm C6/7 complete and my swimming skills dont put me in the navy seal category so I'll have to find a happy medium between being towed underwater after a wipeout and sinking to the murky depths, holding my breath and praying for a quick rescue.

    Any suggestions re- getting dry clothes on after or is the wet shorts causing pressure sores a bit of a false alarm?

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    Yes sir. That would be me cutting up the lake.

    I think the wet shorts are all a myth. I never worn them after my sci and I never had any problems. But everyone is different.

    Don't worry about any swimming skills unless your jacket comes off. Then you better start thinking about doing the doggie swim.

    When I was skiing last year, their were people that were height quads their, CP, Polio, and all kind of other ailment that were skiing. If anyone that I was skiing with had a cocky mouth (like me) we were giving the pro ski. It toke a little to get up but once you were on plane, the skiing was way too cool. I'll bet I was able to throw a roster-tail 20' to the side of me.

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    I am a C 6/7 quad also, I tried waterskiing but I realized quickly it was not for me but then again I've never been a big swimmer to began with. There were no out rigors that I recall on the ski I used. I skied with a group that had worked with disabled skiers many times and they were great. The rope was attached to the ski and then I was given a triangle type thing to wrap my arms around to hold on to. As soon as I fell two guys swam out to me in a matter of seconds to help me up. That was when I found out I panic when submerged in water. It is not something I would try again, but I'm glad that I did try it. I will stick with snow skiing and handbiking. Hope you have a good time when you go out, I'm sure it will help that you like to be in the water to began with.

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    I gave it a try a few times and came to the conclusion that waterskiing isnt for me...i make a hell of a buoy though ..

    Get out there and giver buddy,you'll love it..Good luck.

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