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16th Annual California Water Ski Pro Am – 2018 Tournament

September 14-15-16, 2018

The largest professional slalom water ski event in the U.S. is returning to the Sacramento region for it’s 6th year. Come watch the world’s top ranked professional men and women water skiers compete in the 16th annual California Water Ski Pro Am.

This is a FREE family friendly event.

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Slalom Water Ski Lessons at Bell Acqua Lake

Sisters, Sela (17) and Zara (15) are the daughters of Phil Streng who skied at Bell Acqua Lakes 18 years ago.

bell acqua water ski lessonsThe girls have never even seen a private tournament Lake nor a ski course in their life before this week! They are now addicted and running the course after attending Wednesday night Ski League & Junior Development with coaching from Pro Skier Terry Winter.

Needless to say, Dad is a little excited (and proud) of his daughters who are now skiing slalom after just a few lessons. Dad might have to consider a Bell Acqua Lake Ski Membership so his daughters have a safe and private place to practice!

Maddison learns how to water ski and transition from two skis to one

learn to ski at Bell AcquaMaddison’s first Ski League at Shortline she finished the mini course and almost made the full coarse on her double skis.

After Maddison attended Bell Acqua Junior Development at Lake One, she can now confidently ski on a single!

At Bell Acqua Junior Development Water Ski Camp, Maddison learns how to water ski on a single instead of two, and is practicing for her next competition.

Wake Board Lessons in Northern California

Wake Board Lessons – all levels!

Learn to wake board this summer at Bell Acqua Water Ski School. Bell Acqua offers the perfect setting to help you achieve your skiing goals – as simple of a deep water start, crossing the wakes, jumping the wakes, or get into intermediate surface tricks.

Register for a fun wet summer at Bell Acqua Water Ski Park for private 1 on 1 wake board lessons. Bell Acqua is a private water ski training facility that offers a great place to learn without the worries of unsafe boaters like public water ways. Weekly lessons run from 8am to 1pm Monday through Friday and each student can get up to three ski lessons per day. When students are not skiing they can relax under a large shaded ski dock where the ski boat starts and ends every ski Lesson.

Bell Acqua is conveniently located minutes from Downtown Sacramento. Contact us and confirm your dates today!

What To Know Before Buying Water Ski Equipment

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Water Ski Equipment, what you need to know.

Author: Myron Crawford

Those who take up water skiing call it tough and enjoyable, but how much anybody enjoys it depends a great deal on the quality and appropriateness of the water ski equipment being used.So how can you ensure you’re picking out the exact right equipment and skis available?

When visiting a water ski equipment retailer, it’s imperative that you tell the salesperson what your skill level is. For anyone new to the sport, the most common type of water ski to choose from is usually a set of combination pairs due to their width and greater level of control. The next most used water ski is the slalom water ski type. A slalom water ski is usually the ski that those who prefer to ski on one leg choose, and are also perfect for those who are more skilled. Trick skis and jump skis are suitable only for the experts.

We recommend a visit to Water Ski World for a large selection of water ski gear and help with all your questions.

Next, consider that in terms of the design of your water ski equipment, for the most part, all water skis these days are made out of fiberglass related materials so that they’re not only tough, but able to resist water damage. The bottom designs of the skis are either going to be concave or will have a small, shallow tunnel running up the middle. If the water ski equipment you’re looking to buy has a narrow tunnel it’s meant for skiers who like to ski standing straight up with their weight distributed backwards slightly, while concave skis are best suited for skiers who like to attack the water by skiing forward with their knees bent.The rocker, flex and length can really make or break one’s water ski equipment purchase. A ski’s rocker is the measurement of the curve at the bottom side of the skiis in proportion to the speed the ski will provide. The larger the rocker, the more speed that ski will produce. Flex works similarly, except that it goes backward. That means that the greater the flex of the ski,the slower it is on the water.

When choosing bindings for one’s water ski equipment, fit and comfort are essential. Beyond that, the bindings are chosen based on what type of water ski equipment is being purchased.The water ski rope and handles are yet another concern when you’re purchasing water ski equipment. A water ski rope should be elastic in nature and able to give and take when you’re moving and turning on the water. As for what handles to purchase, you’ll probably only be buying one because most modern-day water skiers prefer to use a single handle. Comfort is of course as major a consideration since well-fitting handles can help keep a skier from getting fatigued for longer.

Contact Bell Acqua private waterski lake in the central valley of northern California — a premier destination for professionals and those wanting to improve their waterskiing skills.


Water Ski Lessons in Sacramento

Water ski lessons for all ages during summer months at Bell Acqua water ski lake.

Register For Water Skiing Lessons

Register your kids at Bell Acqua Water Ski Park for private 1 on 1 water ski lessons. Bell Acqua Lake 1 is a private water ski training facility in Rio Linda, CA that offers a great place to learn without the worries of unsafe boaters like public water ways.

When students are not skiing they can relax under a large shaded ski dock where the ski boat starts and ends every ski Lesson. Bell Acqua is conveniently located minutes from Downtown Sacramento. We guarantee your child will excel with a stronger skill set and be more confident behind the boat, while having fun with our staff. (916) 919-5726 Please call and confirm your dates today!

Ski Lessons Fees

By the lesson, must be taken on the same day

  • 1 lesson $95.00
  • 2 lessons $190.00
  • 3 lessons $275.00

Lessons are available:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8am-2pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 8am-1pm

If you choose to take additional rides after your lesson (un-coached), the cost would be $40.00 per ride.

We ask for a deposit in the amount of $95.00 by credit card be made at time of booking. This payment will be applied to your account the day of your lesson. You have up to 48 hours to cancel your lesson for a full refund. If you cancel less than 48 hours the $95.00 will be used as a cancellation fee to cover the cost of the instructor.

Please include your email address so we can send you any changes to your lessons.

Bell Acqua Waterski Lake Training Venue

A Private Waterski Lake in the Sacramento Area

Bell Acqua waterski lake is perfect for Training, Competitions and Tournaments.

The UC Davis Water Ski Team have been Bell Acqua Lake One members for 25 years. UC Davis is one of the top water ski teams in the college division, currently holding first place ranking and are one of the top three, in the nation 2013.

UC Davis hosts two annual college tournaments at Bell Acqua Lake each year.

The Bell Acqua Lake Ski Membership includes the use of the ski dock, club boats with speed control systems, a slalom ski course with an accredited American Waterski Association buoy system, water ski jump, and access to highly skilled waterski instructors. In addition, Club Bell Acqua offers (boat launch) and storage facilities.

2014 MasterCraft ProStar – Diablo Shores Pro Am – Northern California Waterskiing

Northern California Waterskiing – ProAm at Bell Acqua Lake

The 2014 MasterCraft ProStar at Bell Acqua Lake

Northern California Waterskiing at it’s best.

The 2014 MasterCraft ProStar made an appearance at the 2013 Diablo Shores Pro Am event on beautiful Bell Acqua Lake in Sacramento, CA. MasterCraft Team Skier, Marcus Brown, gives you the play-by-play of yet another event / demo sessions that created even more fans of this iconic and industry defining ski boat.


Water Ski Lessons Sacramento California

Learn to Water Ski in Northern California

Water Ski Lessons

Learn double ski for the first time this summer at Bell Acqua Water Ski Park. Bell Acqua offers a two-time National Champion instructor that will help you achieve your goals as simple of a deep water start, crossing the wakes and jump the wakes.

Our instructor can help you transition to slalom skiing by dropping a ski when riding your double skis.

Register for a fun wet summer at Bell Acqua Water Ski Park for private 1 on 1 water ski lessons. Bell Acqua is a private water ski training facility that offers a great place to learn without the worries of unsafe boaters like public water ways. After you are done skiing, relax under a large shaded ski dock.

Bell Acqua is conveniently located minutes from Downtown Sacramento. Contact us to confirm your dates today!

How To Water Ski Safely

Author: John Myre

Kathy was sure she was ready for this. True, she hadn’t been on water skis for 15 years, but she had skied a lot as a girl.

Water skiing, she reasoned, was no different than riding a bicycle. It all comes back to you once you climb on. So, even though Josh didn’t want to drive the boat faster, Kathy insisted he crank it up. Faster! Faster!

Ahh! The exhilaration of the wind in her face and the water at her feet. Ouch! The pain of losing control and flying head over heels, landing on her back, and having to be pulled from the water with a seriously sprained shoulder.

According to the National Safety Council, about 5 million Americans water ski each year, and approximately 6,500 require emergency room treatment. Most of these injuries are the result of carelessness and poor preparation.

Driver Prepare

* Learn and obey the “rules of the road” on water.

* It takes three to water ski:
-the skier,
-the tow boat operator,
-an observer in the boat. The driver cannot watch and know if the skier has fallen while also seeing where the boat is going.

* Operate in a corridor at least 200 feet wide, giving a safety area of 100 feet on both sides of the boat. The ski path should be at least 2,000 to 3,000 feet in length.

* The boat driver is responsible for keeping the skier away from dangerous areas. Take time to get familiar with the shoreline, shallow areas and obstructions. Keep the boat a safe distance from the shore, docks, and objects in the water.

* Be alert for boats entering the ski area. If one does, shut down the engine and wait for the area to clear.

* Always pull novice skiers slowly. High speeds are not essential to pleasurable water skiing.

* Always approach a skier in the water on the driver’s side of the boat.

* Picking a skier from the water is a dangerous proposition. Your boat engine must be turned off and the propeller must be fully stopped.

* The boat should run parallel to the shore and come in slowly when landing.

* When your skier is down, raise a ski flag to alert other boaters.

* Equip your boat with a wide-angle rear-view mirror.

* A towing pylon, boarding ladder and speedometer are also advisable.

Contact Bell Acqua if you would like to learn more about waterski training. Our professional coaches instruct with one student at a time.

Skier Beware

* Know how to swim!

* Do not ski in unfamiliar waters where there could be unseen dangers. When skiing in new waters, take along someone familiar with the area.

* Never ski in shallow water, at night, or in front of another boat. Rough water is particularly dangerous since waves and a running sea will prevent the tow boat from keeping a smooth speed and course.

* Always wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejacket. Lifejackets are required in most states. The lifejacket should be Type III, approved by the Coast Guard, and designed as a ski vest. It should fit snugly, and it must keep the skier face up in the water if he or she falls.

* The skier and the boat driver should agree in advance on the general boat path, and signals to use.

* If a skier falls, he or she should clasp both hands overhead to be seen and to signal they are OK. In a congested boating area, a downed skier should hold up a ski to show that everything is okay.

* Buy age-appropriate skis. Make sure the bindings are snug, but will release in case of a fall.

* Wear a helmet to protect against head injury.

* Some of this information came from the website of U.S.A. Water Ski.

Other Water Hazards

* Don’t stay on the water too long. The sun, wind, waves and vibration can make you tired.

* Whether you are pulling or being pulled, do not drink alcohol, take prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications, or use illegal drugs that can impair your judgment.

* Use and renew sunscreen.

* Some special advice for those who like to water-tube:
-Stay well away from shore. Most injuries occur when water tubers come too close to shore.
-Before water-tubing, inspect the rope for fraying and the tube for defects.
-Wear a Type III lifejacket.
-Two people should be in the boat.


This information was re-printed from an article written by John Myre, who is the author of the award-winning book, Live Safely in a Dangerous World, and the publisher of the Safety Times Reproducible Articles.