Waterskiing & Boardsailing
- All waterskiings must wear a personal flotation devices (PFDs)
- All boat passengers are also required to wear PFDs or approved life jackets
- Keep tow ropes, bridles and/or handles in good shape. Replace defective equipment promptly.
- In addition to the towboat driver, a competent person must be on board to act as an observer
- Always ensure that the towboat driver and all passengers are safely seated in the boat at all times. Sitting on gunwales (sides) or seat backrests is not permitted.
- Always maintain a safe distance from shore, stationary objects, narrow channels, swimmers, scuba divers, sailboats and fishermen
- It is an offence to tow a waterskiier a half-hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset
- If a fall is unavoidable, waterskiiers should attempt to fall backwards or sideways
- After a fall, lift a ski at least half its length out of the water to improve visibility to other boat operators
- Each person must wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket. Note that wetsuits are not approved personal flotation devices.
- In warm weather:
- Wear a wetsuit/protective clothing, visor/hat and sunscreen
- In cold weather,
- Wear a wetsuit, waterproof boots or shoes, hat/toque and gloves
- Know your limits and do not overextend yourself. Always sail with a buddy.
- Always stay close to shore
- Use an escort vessel on long-distance outings