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PWC towing a wakeboarder

Vessel operators (including PWC operators) towing a person(s) on water skis, aquaplanes, surfboards, inner tubes, or any similar devices must obey these laws also.

  • Each person being towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD.
    • Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use by persons being towed.
    • This law does not apply to persons participating in a marine permitted barefoot or trick water-skiing event. An approved PFD must be on board the vessel for each of these skiers.
  • A vessel towing a person(s) on water skis or any other device must have at least two competent persons on board—one to operate the vessel and a second person to observe the towed person(s).
    • This law does not apply to vessels that are operated by a person at least 16 years old and that are equipped with a wide-angle, convex rearview mirror, at least 7 x 14 inches in size, which is positioned to allow the operator to observe the person(s) being towed.
    • This law does not apply to vessels engaged in authorized water-skiing tournaments or competitions.