Requirements to Tow a Person With a Vessel
Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis or a similar device have specific equipment and observer requirements.
- You must always wear your PFD when water-skiing, tubing, or participating in any other similar activity.
- Any person who operates a vessel towing a person on water skis, a surfboard, or other device or a barefoot skier shall have an observer 10 years of age or older in the vessel who shall at all times observe the person being towed. The vessel operator shall observe the traffic pattern.
- If towing a skier with a PWC, it is recommended the PWC be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the skier.