A Course for Safe Boating
Accident Prevention and Rescue
1. Identify the mistakes that the operator made and the proper actions that
could have been taken.
2. What could this person have done differently to prevent this accident?
3. What steps could you take to rescue the victims and/or make the
RESCUING WATER SKIERS
Water skiing accidents are very dangerous because of high speeds,
crowded ski areas and loose equipment such as the tow rope or skis.
The operator should be aware of the surroundings at all times. The
operator should take great care to avoid other boats, skiers and objects in
the water such as skis, tow ropes, buoys, swimmers and other skiers.
The observer should observe the skier at all times, know the hand signals
that the skier may use, and communicate with the operator. The observer
should also have the signal flag ready for any time that a skier or his
equipment is in the water.
When a skier, ski or tow rope is in the water, the boat operator and pas-
sengers should take great care. You should always keep a sharp lookout
for other boats.
The skier should be looking for floating objects, other skiers and boats.
The skier should pay special attention to the tow rope to keep from get-
ting it entangled.
The downed skier should hold up a ski or arm to warn other boats and
The observer should raise the signal flag designating a downed
skier, watch the position of the skier and alert other boats.
Approach the site from downwind or into the current using slow to idle
The boat should return to the water skier as quickly as possible, making
sure that the skier’s tow rope is not caught in the boat’s propeller.
An operator should keep a skier on the operator’s side so that the skier
always remains within the operator’s view.
REFER TO CHAPTER 3