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Towing Safety

Towing Safety: Learn the Signals


Safe towing of skiers, wake boarders or an inflatable requires teamwork between the driver, the spotter and the thrill-seeker at the end of the rope.  The driver must concentrate on safe operation of the boat and keeping a sharp outlook for other vessels.  The spotter communicates with the skier/boarder or tube passenger and the driver.


The tried-and-true hand signals, originally developed for water skiing, also apply to wake boarding and tubing.  Safe towing depends on

everyone staying focused and communicating. 

Take me home

I'm done - Pick me up

I'm OK

Speed up

Speed down

Turn Left

Turn Right

Go around

once more

Speed just right

No motion -

possible injury

Go around

Stay behind the boat
(skiers, boarders)

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