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PWC towing a wakeboarder
When towing persons behind your vessel, you are still responsible for following all other navigation rules and boating laws.

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.