Towing a Person With a Vessel
Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis, an aquaplane, or any other device must do so safely and responsibly.
- It is hazardous and illegal for vessels to tow a person(s) on water skis or other devices at night (between sunset and sunrise).
- The operator of a vessel towing a person on water skis or other devices is responsible for maintaining a safe course with proper lookout. It is illegal to operate or manipulate the towing vessel, tow rope, or other device in such a way as to cause the towed device or towed person(s) to collide with or strike any object or person(s).
- Utah law prohibits a vessel operator from towing a person(s) on water skis or other devices within a no-wake zone surrounding a marina or launch ramp.
- Operators may not have an engine on, even at idle, while a person is occupying or holding onto the vessel’s swim platform, swim deck, swim step, or swim ladder.
- A person may not be towed within 20 feet of the vessel unless the person is in a standing position.