Watersports are fun for the entire family, regardless of age and skill level. A safe and thrilling watersports experience starts with having the right equipment—from being outfitted in the proper life jackets to choosing the right towrope for each activity and selecting the right board, skis, or tube.
Your local Yamaha WaveRunner dealer is a great resource who will fit you and your family in all of the right gear and accessories.
TIPS FOR TOWING
Always wear a properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Select one that won’t ride up over your head, providing adequate impact protection if you take a spill.
INSPECT YOUR EQUIPMENT
Check your equipment carefully for wear and tear before use. Replace and discard components that show signs of deterioration.
KNOW THE AREA
Check out the area where you’ll be towing ahead of time. Do not operate in shallow water, near the shoreline, or near docks, pilings, swimmers, and other watercraft.
TURN OFF YOUR ENGINE
Always turn off your engine when a rider is entering or exiting the water.
LISTEN TO YOUR RIDER
Remember that a rider has no control of your boat or its speed, so be sure to go over hand signals with the rider before he or she gets in the water. This way, a rider can communicate if they wish to turn, slow down, or stop.
OBSERVE CAPACITY RATINGS
For inflatable tubes and similar devices that allow for multiple riders, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on weight limit and maximum towing speed.
ALWAYS USE A SPOTTER
Required by law in most states, a spotter should have constant visual contact with the rider and relay information to the boat operator.
OPERATE WITH CARE
The driver should always look ahead and be mindful of other waterway users. Use caution when crossing a wake or
operating near other boats, docks, or the shore.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Always ski or ride within your limits. Operate or participate with control and at speeds appropriate for your ability.
TAKE CARE OF EQUIPMENT
When possible, rinse your equipment with fresh water to keep it lasting longer, and coil your tow rope to prevent permanent kinks.
Also, don’t forget to read the operator’s manual before using any new piece of equipment. Not only are the safety messages important, but the manual may also provide tips on getting the most enjoyment from your new gear. Always respect the waterways, other waterway users, and those who live adjacent to our waterways. It helps to play music from your boat at reasonable levels and to minimize repetitive passes in the same spot.