Skiers and Towing Skiers
Towing People

It is illegal for boats or PWC to tow skiers, skiboards, or any device of this type between sunset and sunrise.

It is illegal for the operator of the towing vessel or person(s) being towed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A boat or PWC must not tow persons on water skis or similar devices within 100 feet of a non-moving boat, dock or pier, bridge, person in the water, shoreline adjacent to a residence, public park or beach, swimming area, marina, restaurant or other public use area.

The person being towed must wear a ski-belt, skijacket or Type I, Type II or Type III personal flotation device.

Every boat towing a person(s) on water skis, or a similar device must have:

  • A person, in addition to the boat operator, capable of observing the towed person(s) at all times
    OR
  • A wide-angle rearview mirror mounted such that the operator can observe the towed person(s) at all times

Every PWC towing a person(s) on water skis, or similar device must be rated by the manufacturer to carry three or more persons and must have onboard a person, in addition to the PWC operator, capable of observing the towed person(s) at all times. A wide-angle mirror may not be used in place of an observer on PWC.

Hand Signals For Skiers

Knowing proper hand signals will help the skier(s) communicate with their boat operator or the observer.




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