Water-skiing, along with being towed on a tube, kneeboard, or similar device, is very popular with boaters. These activities are both fun and challenging; however, towing people on skis or other devices requires additional knowledge and skills.
Before towing a skier, the operator should:
- Have a second person on board to act as an observer.
- Review hand signals with the skier to ensure proper communication.
- Make sure the skier is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard—approved life jacket (PFD) designed for water-skiing. Keep in mind that ski belts are not U.S. Coast Guard—approved. A PFD with a high-impact rating is recommended.
- Be familiar with the area and aware of any hazards such as shallow water, rocks, or bridge pilings in the water.
- Make sure the tow lines are of the same length if towing multiple skiers.
- Never tow a skier at night. It is both hazardous and illegal.