Requirements for Towing a Person With a Vessel
In addition to adhering to laws as they apply to all vessels, operators towing a person(s) using a parasail or on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device must obey these laws.
Each person being towed must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved personal flotation device.
It is illegal for a vessel to tow a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, a parasail, or a similar device unless one of the following conditions is met.
- A person at least 8 years old, in addition to the vessel operator, is on board observing the towed person(s) or …
- The vessel is equipped with an approved rearview mirror or mirrors so that the operator of the vessel can observe the progress of the person(s) being towed while facing forward.
- If the vessel is not a personal watercraft, one wide-angle convex rearview mirror must be installed.
- If the vessel is a personal watercraft, two wide-angle convex rearview mirrors must be installed.
Persons being towed are considered passengers of the towing vessel. Vessels towing water-skiers or participating in a similar activity must be able to retrieve all persons being towed safely without exceeding the recommended capacity.