McKenzie Water Ski School


Come ski with us!

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a first timer, McKenzie Water Ski School caters to all your water skiing and wakeboarding desires. We have everything you need to enjoy a great day on Lake Arrowhead. With instructors that ski with you on the water, all ages are welcome. Our instructors are capable of getting anyone up and skiing. If you already know how to ski or wakeboard our staff will help you advance your skills to learn the new tricks you are looking to master. 

The McKenzie Water Ski School was founded by George "Mac" McKenzie and his wife Lucy in 1946. Their passion for water skiing and adventurous spirit fueled them to operate the ski school for over 50 consecutive years. The ski school continues to be operated by the McKenzie family to this day. The season begins every year on Memorial Day weekend in May through the end of September. So come visit us. We are located on the waterfront in the Lake Arrowhead Village.



If you have never been water skiing and want to learn, McKenzie Water Ski School is the place for you. Our instructors have extensive training and experience to teach you how to get up and skiing on your own with in minutes. One ski, Two Skis, or Wakeboarding, whatever you want to learn we are here to help you achieve your goals and have fun doing it.

Our typical lesson is a two mile course and lasts approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. It begins with fitting you to the proper life jacket and skis/wakeboard. Your lesson then continues with some on the dock instruction explaining the process and technique of how to get up out of the water on your first attempt. Upon completing the dry land instruction you will then be helped into the water and placed next to your instructor who will ski next to you and help you get on top of the water. Once you are up and skiing, your instructor will continue to help you learn the proper technique and maneuvers needed to get through even the toughest water conditions. When you reach the half way point of the lesson your instructor will signal the boat driver to slow down to a stopped position and allow you to take a rest. After giving your arms and legs a rest you will then proceed with your lesson by making another start and begin making your way back to the dock.

With over 70 years of experience, McKenzie Water Ski School can teach anyone how to ski as long as the desire lies within the one taking the lesson. We also have experience teaching blind, deaf and autistic.

So come by and visit us. Our commitment is to make your time spent at our school a memorable experience full of fun, success and laughter.


Water Skiing


 Slalom, Trick, Hotdog, or Barefoot. McKenzie Water Ski School is here to teach you whatever you are looking to master. Our instructors have extensive training both on and off the water with perfected and proven techniques to help you accomplish your water skiing goals. 



Looking to master a new trick? Want to learn how to ride? McKenzie Water Ski School has everything you need to enjoy wakeboarding on Lake Arrowhead. Come take a ride with us! 

Group Excursions


 Birthday parties, large groups, and corporate outings are welcome. McKenzie Water Ski School has everything you need to enjoy a great day of laughter and fun on the water. Contact us to inquire about group rates and make a reservation for your next event. 


Individual Rides: Wakeboard / WaterSki / Kneeboarding

15 Minutes  $50

30 Minutes $100

Up to four (4) boat riders allowed to watch activities without an instructor.

Individual Lessons With Instructor

Water Ski Lesson - 2 Mile Course: $65

Advancement Lesson - 30 minutes: $120

Ankle Biter Ski Lesson (5 yrs. & Under): $40

Up to two (2) boat riders allowed to watch activities with an instructor. Instructor skis in the water with the lesson. 

Group / Hourly Charters

Without Instructor (Experienced & Kneeboarding)

1 Hour: $200

Half Day (3 hours): $570

Up to four (4) boat riders allowed to watch activities without an instructor.

With Instructor (Lessons & Progression)

1 Hour: $240

Half Day (3 hours): $680

Up to two (2) boat riders allowed to watch activities with an instructor. Instructor skis in the water with the lesson. 


All reservations must be paid in advance and are non-refundable or exchangeable. All activities are first come, first served without reservations paid in full. 

Please come to the Ski Dock to reserve same day or next day activities. Reservations cannot be made over the phone for activities on the same day. 

To initiate making your reservation or for other requests please email: 



Lake Arrowhead is a private lake and our schedule fills up quickly. 

All activities include the boat with driver and all equipment. 

Activities with instruction include a boat driver and an instructor in the water that will ski right next to the lesson. Bring your own towel and sunscreen. 

No lockers available on site. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

McKenzie Water Ski School

28200 State Highway 189 Lake Arrowhead Village Lake Arrowhead, CA

(909) 337-3814



Opening Memorial Day weekend in May

through September

June: Daily 10:00 ish - 3:00 ish

July - August: Daily 9:00 - 4:00 

September:  Weekdays by reservation

                       Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 4:00 

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