USA Water Ski Safety Update

February 07, 2012

Note: this content was written by and originally posted by USA Water Ski.

Although the season has come to a close, now is an excellent time to review your personal safety program. USA Water Ski and its members have an excellent safety record, but accidents still happen. Each of us can continue to make efforts to ensure the safety of our families, ourselves and others on the water.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Equipment. Now would be a great time to update your safety program and equipment:
  • Life jackets are important! Wear them!
  • Make sure your boat's equipment (fire extinguisher, bilge blower, bilge pump, etc.) are in good working order, and ready to go.
  • Check your equipment, and make necessary repairs.
  • Consider whether additional safety equipment is appropriate for your circumstances, such as:
  • Adding netting to your handle as an extra protection against injuries from falling entanglements with the "Y" in the handle.
  • Using protective head gear to reduce the risk of injury from hitting your ski or wakeboard during a fall.
  • Although the use of additional safety equipment is a matter of personal choice, remember that using safety equipment only helps if you use the equipment before an accident takes place.
  • Training. A little training can go a long way! Why not use the off season to learn a little more about safe water sports and boating? There are many options, including several offered though USA Water Ski:
  • Get involved in USA Water Ski's safety programs by attending a safety clinic in your area.
  • Learn more about safe boating and navigation by completing USA Water Ski's iDrive boating course, available on line through the USA Water Ski Web site.
  • Preparation. Following a pre-ride safety checklist is another great way to increase your safety on the water:
  • Follow the pre-trip checklist provided by your boat and engine manufacturer.
  • Review basic safety precautions and procedures with all participants before you get started. Make sure everyone is aware of hidden carbon monoxide and propeller injury hazards, and how to avoid these risks
  • Know the area you'll be skiing or riding in to avoid any navigational hazards.
  • Make sure you know and follow all laws and Rules of the Road for boating safety.

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