Personal Watercraft Safety Course

Towing a Water Skier behind a PWC „ „ Towing a person on water skis, a wakeboard or tube is not allowed with any PWC smaller than a three-person craft, in order to accommodate the operator, observer and person being towed. „ „ In addition to the operator and person being towed, you must have an observer on board who is at least 12 years old. „ „ The person being towed and all persons on board must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket approved for PWC use. „ „ The observer must display a red or orange signal flag (minimum 12” square) to indicate: „ „ a downed person „ „ a person in the water preparing to be towed „ „ Everyone should know the standard hand signals in order to be able to communicate between those on board and the person being towed. (see diagrams) „ „ Be aware that your PWC will handle differently when towing a person. „ „ You should always be on the lookout for other vessels, aware of where the person being towed is in relation to the shoreline or other obstructions, and aware of towlines, skis, tubes, and other items that may be in the water. „ „ It is illegal to operate a PWC or tow between sunset and sunrise. „ „ a line extended from the PWC „ „ a ski or other gear in the water


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