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

Wakeboarder being towed by a boat
  • All persons being towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD.
  • A USCG–approved PFD must be carried in the vessel for each skier electing to wear a special water-skiing wetsuit.
  • Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable for anyone being towed behind a vessel.
  • Ski tow ropes may not exceed the following lengths:
    • Conventional water-skiing—80 feet
    • Parasailing—300 feet
    • Nonreleasable kite-skiing—150 feet
    • Releasable kite-skiing—500 feet