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Observer Watching Persons Being Towed

Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis, surfboards, or any device of this type have specific equipment and observer requirements.

  • Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device must have an observer on board, in addition to the vessel operator, who is 12 years of age or older and in a position to observe the skier(s).
  • Each person being towed behind a vessel on water skis, a surfboard, or other device must wear a USCG–approved PFD. The PFD must be designed for the towing activity and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s label.
  • 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.
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