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In addition to the operator, a competent observer must be on board the vessel and seated in a position to observe the progress of the person being towed. A competent observer is a person who can assess when a skier is in trouble, knows and understands the water-skiing hand signals, and is capable of helping a skier.

Persons may be towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device during daylight hours only (sunrise to sunset).

If vessel traffic permits, skiers may start from the shore or dock. Skiers may not be returned to the shore or dock under power.

If towing a person behind a personal watercraft, these rules apply.

  • The PWC must be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the retrieved skier.
  • You may not tow more than one skier.
PWC towing 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.