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Requirements for Towing Skiers

Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device must have a person older than 10 years of age, in addition to the operator, observing the towed person(s) at all times.

A reasonable distance from other vessels, people, and property must be maintained so as not to endanger life or property. It is illegal to cause the person being towed to collide with any object or person.

It is illegal to be towed on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If towing a person behind a personal watercraft, the PWC must be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the retrieved skier.

In addition, it is also strongly recommended that:

  • All persons being towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD (this is required by law if being towed behind a PWC). Ski belts are not U.S. Coast Guard–approved.
  • Persons be towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device only during daylight hours.
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Observe towed person(s) at all times.

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