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Area NO. 1 Outdoor Club

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Water Skiing Safety

  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

  • Be sure the boat and ski equipment are in good shape.

  • Always turn the boat motor completely off when you approach a fallen skier.

  • Watch the water ahead of you at all times.

  • Have an extra person aboard to watch and assist the skier.

  • Run parallel to shore and come in slowly when landing. Sit down if coming in too fast.

  • Use proper hand signals to signal boat operator.

  • Do not ski at night or in restricted areas.

  • Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. This includes anyone participating in any water sport. The American Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability. To enroll in a swim course, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

  • Know local weather conditions. Make sure the water and weather conditions are safe .Because water conducts electricity, it is wise to stop swimming, boating or any activities on the water as soon as you see or hear a storm. Also, heavy rains can make certain areas dangerous.