Water sports accidents: Water skiing

Water skiing can be one of the most pleasurable activities you can do. Being pulled along at breath-taking speeds across choppy waters, water skiing is an exhilarating thrill ride of adrenaline and fun, few other sports can compare to the sheer excitement of water skiing. Unfortunately, water skiing is also quite a dangerous sport and is the cause of many accidents at home, as well as accidents on holiday. As recently as September this year, a 36-year-old woman was flown to hospital after crashing a water ski at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire. The woman suffered chest injuries after hitting a landing post in the lake at 20 miles per hour.

When going water skiing, make sure to take the appropriate precautions

  • Always receive adequate and proper training – If it is your first time water skiing, ensure that you receive professional coaching in order to reduce the chance of an accident occurring. Make sure to learn appropriate signals for distress and difficulties
  • Wear protective equipment/clothing – The most essential piece of equipment when water skiing is a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket helps prevent the risk of drowning. A proper life jacket should be designed to keep your head above water at all times, and in accordance with HSE guidelines, all lifejackets should be tested for buoyancy at least once a year.

Although Britain is home to many scenic recreational lakes, water skiing is a sport which most people tend to do when going abroad. Be careful when abroad, as regulations and health & safety standards may not be as rigorous as those we enjoy at home. If you are visiting a foreign country where the native language is not English, then you should always try and find an instructor who speaks English. Do not take a chance!

I’ve been injured whilst water skiing. Am I entitled to claim compensation?

If you’ve been injured as the result of water skiing accident, either at home or abroad within the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in providing compensation advice and with an extensive legal team across the UK specialised in all areas of personal injury law, you can be guaranteed that your claim will be handled in an efficient and transparent manner.

Give us a call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.

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