Getting up on the water on water skis is difficult for first timers but can be very rewarding. Learn how to get up on water skis for the first time in this water skiing video lesson. Take Action: do not pull arms, keep knees bent and arms straight. Paul, the instructor of this how-to video from Live Strong, is a current member of the Canadian National Barefoot Water Skiing Team. He also teaches bare footing in Florida. He lives, eats, and breathes the sport. A native of Toronto, Canada, he is the captain of the national team and is very dedicated to representing his nation. He holds the tricks record for the open men and a bronze medalist at the World Barefoot Water Ski Championships. He dedicated his life at about twenty years old to the sport and hasn't looked back since.