TWRA Lake Water Safety Tips
Water skiing can be exciting and safe. Observe the following safe driving tips:
- Check steering and throttle controls for proper operation before towing skier.
- On take-offs, never accelerate until a definite signal is given by skier.
- When under way, keep attention ahead. The observer is to watch the skier.
- Never follow other boats. Always look before turning. Avoid shallow water.
- Promote safety by staying away from other boats, swimmers, fishermen and solid objects.
- Return to fallen skier immediately. Slow to idle as you approach skier, moving in on the driver’s side.
- Shut off engine while skier climbs into or out of boat. Discourage skiers from boarding over transom.
- High speed landings cause injuries. When skiing into shore, reduce speed and parallel the landing area at a safe distance.
- Do not tow non-swimmers or weak swimmers unless they wear an approved and appropriate flotation device.
- Be mindful and aware of your surroundings.
- ALWAYS OBEY “NO WAKE ZONE” notifications. In most cases these areas are established for swimmers, onshore fishing and to decrease the potential risk of damage done to a docked boat or watercraft.
- DO NOT overload your watercraft.
- DO NOT operate a boat/Personal Watercraft (PWC) while under the influence of alcohol. You could seriously harm yourself and others. Serious penalties can be applied by the law.
- Make sure Personal Flotation Devices readily available and that you have one for every person on board the boat.
- Children under the age of 12 must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway — even while drifting.
- Let someone know of your whereabouts, how long you will be gone and when you expect to return.
- Never follow directly behind other boats or PWC.
- SLOW DOWN BEFORE approaching docks, boats, swimmers, shore, bridges.
- PWC/wave runners cannot be operated between sunset and sunrise.
(*Information/rules obtained from the TWRA website.)