Being Safe On The Water is Key! Please Read And Abide The WATERSPORTS SAFETY CODE!
Watersports are fun and challenging but involve inherent risks of injury or death. To increase your enjoyment of the sport and to reduce your risks, use common sense and follow these rules:
Before you start:
Familiarize yourself with all applicable federal, state and local laws, the risks inherent in the sport and the proper use of the equipment.
Know the waterways.
Always have a person other than the driver as an observer.
Skier/rider, observer and driver must agree on hand signals.
Never start out until skier/rider signals he/she is ready
Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning from engine exhaust may cause injury or death.
Do not sit on the boat transom or swim platform while the engine is running.
These activities may lead to excessive CO exposure which may cause injury or death .
If you can smell engine exhaust while in the boat, do not stay seated in that position for prolonged periods.
Never “Platform Drag” by holding onto the swim platform or be dragged directly behind the boat.
An improperly tuned engine will produce excessive exhaust. Have your engine checked and corrected by a mechanic. Changing boat speed or direction relative to the wind can reduce or increase boat exhaust from accumulating near the boat and rider.
Consult your boat Owners Manual, or the United States Coast Guard’s website: www.uscgboating.org for more information on how to help protect others and yourself from the dangers of CO poisoning
Use caution and common sense.
Do not exceed the weight guidelines of your boat.
Only use water ballast and people for additional weight.
Do not allow passengers to hang outside the boat or sit on the gunwales outside the normal seating area of the boat.
Uneven weight distribution or additional weight may affect the handling of the boat.
Never allow water to overflow the gunwales of your boat.
THE WARNINGS AND PRACTICES SET FORTH ABOVE IN THE WATERSPORTS SAFETY CODE REPRESENT SOME COMMON RISKS ENCOUNTERED BY USERS.
THE CODE DOES NOT PURPORT TO COVER ALL INSTANCES OF RISK OR DANGER. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGMENT.