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PWC towing a wakeboarder
If towing a skier with a PWC, the PWC must be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the retrieved skier.

Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis or any similar devices must obey these laws also.

  • All persons being towed must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • It is illegal to tow a person(s) between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
  • Vessels towing a person(s) on water skis or a similar device must carry on board a bright red or orange skier-down flag. The flag must be displayed whenever the towed person(s) is in the water, and must be visible in all directions.
  • Every PWC towing a person(s) on water skis or a similar device must have:
    • Manufacturer-approved seating for at least three people with a vacant seat for the skier and...
    • An observer on board, in addition to the operator.