Tow Safety: Wakeboarding & Waterskiing Safety
Welcome to Tow Safety, the mini site for people who like wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing. Learn how to enjoy tow sports safely, and have fun.
Tow Safety Top 5
Here’s a list of the top five things you need to remember when you’re involved in tow sports. Click on the links for more information.
- Licence – The driver must have a General Boat Licence and know and follow all the boating rules.
- Observer – You must have a reliable observer to keep watch on the person being towed.
- Lifejackets – You must have a suitable lifejacket for everyone on board. The person being towed, and any kids must have them on.
- Hand signals – Communication is vital. Driver, observer and skier all need to know the hand signals.
- Local waterway rules – Find out about towing restrictions. Check boating maps, look for signage and ask the locals.
Before you consider tow sports, you need to know the rules for safe boating. Visit the NSW Transport Maritime website to order an up-to-date Boating Handbook.
- You need a licence for any powered boat going at more than 10 knots (like a good jogging speed).
- You must have all the required safety equipment on board.
- Equipment should be in good condition and easy to access in an emergency.
- Your boat should be in good condition.
- Know how to handle your boat on the waterway you’re on.
- You must know all the boating rules.
- Tell someone where you’re going, how many people will be on board, and when you plan to return.
- Check the weather before you go.
- Have plenty of water and fuel for the trip.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Don’t overload your boat with passengers and gear.