When the weather is warm and the water is fine, boat tubing is a great activity that can be enjoyable for the whole family. Make sure your next outing maximizes fun while minimizing risk by following these simple safe-tubing guidelines:
- Wear a PFD
If Michael Phelps wears a life jacket when tubing, you should too! Even the strongest swimmers recognize that tubing is an activity with many unknowns (other boaters, sudden gusts of wind, etc.), so it’s important to wear a personal floatation device (PFD) in case of the unexpected.
- Talk to your Tubers
Experienced riders may want the driver to be more aggressive than someone new to the activity, so communicate openly and set clear expectations before launch.
- Use a Spotter
Designate one person to be the lookout and act as a communication channel between rider and driver. This person should also act as the flagger, raising a ski flag whenever swimmers are in the water off the tube.
- Secure the Tow Line
Tow ropes should always be securely attached to the boat at an approved attachment point, such as a ski pylon or a Dauntless’s All-Activity Tower.
- Stay Clear of the Rear
Make sure that everyone planning to enter the water understands the potential hazards of an operational motor.
- Handle Wakes with Care
Bouncing off wakes at high speeds can cause injuries, especially with riders who are boat tubing stomach-down, so exercise caution and travel at reasonable speeds.
- Towing Two Tubes
Slow your speed when towing more than one tube, as traveling too fast can cause one tube to flip on top of the other — and nobody wants that to happen.
- Know the Rules
Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations governing the body of water you are boat tubing on. By knowing the rules, you’re helping to make sure your crew has an unforgettable time!
For additional guidance on getting into this fun-packed activity, head to Discover Boating’s Boat Tubing Basics.