Water Sports Safety

When summer comes around on the lakeshore, many hit the water for their warm weather activities. Whether it’s boating, tubing, waterskiing, swimming, or wakeboarding, it’s important to remember key tips to keep your summer fun and safe.

  • Proper training – both by sports instructors and doing strength training on your own – will help you feel confident in activities like wakeboarding. This also helps protect your body from exhaustion-related injuries.
  • Well-fitting equipment is important to water safety. Always wear a life jacket and make sure it doesn’t ride up over your head or fit too loose. Wear skis that are fitted to you with bindings that will release if you fall.
  • Memorize basic hand signals before going in the water, such as a thumbs down/up for decreasing and increasing speed or a hand across the neck for ‘stop’. Consult a guidebook for more of these signals.
  • When a tuber or skier is entering or getting out of the water, keep the boat engine off. Make sure they signal ‘OK’ before driving ahead.
  • Always designate someone on the boat as a spotter, keeping an extra set of eyes on those in the water at all times.
  • Avoid unknown areas and rough water, and never do water sports at night

References: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/sports-wrap/water-skiing-and-tubing-safety