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Anyone who has the waterskiing bug knows that in the UK it consists of dry suits or wet suits, and a lot of praying for fine weather. It isn’t a recreation that anyone thinks of learning in the UK. Not so in sunny Orlando!
Just off the 535, not far from Crossroads, is Lake Buena Vista Water sports. Whether there are just a couple of you, or a big crowd, you can have a fabulous day out here.
Set on a beautiful lake, it has a great area with Adirondack chairs set out on the beach, shade provided by huge Cypress trees draped with Spanish moss.
We first found Dave and Angie some 20 years ago. Dave taught me how to ski 18 years ago, when he ran Dave’s Ski School – you put ski’s on, he lifted you up under his trick ski, and helped you balance until you were up and running – then you got an action photo, and you were on your way!
Things have moved on since then, for the better. Now they have a tasty array of ski boats, and Jet Skis. You can hire a boat by the hour, afternoon, or day. You can hire the whole place for a wedding also, and what a magical setting it would be.
With the boat, you get all the lifejackets and skis you need and a friendly driver who will teach you how to get up on skis, or give the more experienced a tow. My husband is an experienced Mono skier and loves it. A tow round on a flat warm lake, warm air blowing around you, and no wet suit required is exhilarating.
You can sit in the boat as an observer, taking photos and video, whilst topping the tan up nicely, or stay on the beach and watch it all from a distance, glass in one hand, ice cream in the other. My son used to bring his fishing rod too, and has caught some good size fish there.
Combine it with an hour on the Jet skis, a swim in the 90 degree clear water or a drag round the lake on inflatables, and you have all ages and all abilities covered. I think I prefer going in the morning, as once or twice we have had to dive for cover under the cabana from an afternoon storm.
My big tip going there is to take a camera, some pool towels, sun block, sunglasses and a good book. If taking young children, pack their favourite drinks, and a bucket and spade.
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