Towing a Person With a Vessel Legally
Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis, aquaplanes, kite skis, surfboards, inner tubes, or any similar devices must obey these laws also.
- All persons being towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (life jacket). Ski belts are not approved personal flotation devices.
- Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis or any other device must have a person who is at least 12 years old on board, in addition to the vessel operator, in a position to observe the towed person(s).
- A reasonable distance from other vessels, people, and property
must be maintained so as not to endanger life or property. Unless
necessary for landing or leaving shore, it is illegal to cause
the towed device or the person being towed to approach within
100 feet of:
- A person swimming.
- A canoe, rowboat, or other small vessel with a person on board.
- Some areas less than 200 feet from the shoreline of a waterbody may be designated for water-skiing. These areas may have special rules governing their use.