All of us like to have a good time on the water, especially when taking the kids out for a day of fun. Club Marine TV presents an easy-to-follow video on how to safely and economically get out there and have a good time while using your Sea-Doo or other PWC to tow.
Towing a raft, tube, or a wakeboard adds to the excitement of being on the water and the whole family can enjoy taking turns being towed and be safe while doing it. Sea-Doo has built the perfect watercraft for towing. They are not only affordable, but they also come with just enough bells and whistles to provide us with everything we need for a big day of towing. You provide the toys and Sea-Doo provides the tow points.
The well thought out Sea-Doo watercraft come with a removable and retractable ski pole that is located near the back of the ski. It is a load restrictive tow point, so if you want to pull a tube with two or three kids, the tow point located off the stern of the ski is made to handle heavier loads. Both tow connections are very easy to attach a tow rope. Use a floating bright colored rope for increased visibility.
Shorten the rope when towing kids and make sure they are always behind the ski. Never allow slack in the tow rope and always keep it away from the jet. Have an observer seated on the back of the ski to keep an eye on the riders and other boaters. Hand signals are key for communicating between riders and the observer. Go over the signals with riders prior to hitting the water so everyone is on the same page. Safety is key.
At the end of the day, it’s the driver’s responsibility to observe hazards above and below the water and to keep the riders safe. Other boats, logs, signs, and sand bars above the water are potential threats to safety. Also watch for rocks and other obstructions below the surface. It is imperative to keep whoever is being towed out of danger and away from these objects. Follow the local regulations for the area you choose to put your ski in.