Towing a Person With a Vessel Legally
In addition to adhering to laws as they apply to all vessels, operators towing a person(s) on water skis, surfboard, or a similar device must obey these laws.
- 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 vessel 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 PWC, the PWC must be rated for 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 USCG–approved PFD (this is required by law if being towed behind a PWC). Ski belts are not USCG–approved.
- Persons be towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device only during daylight hours.