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5 Safety Tips For Towing Inflatable Tubes

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Although it may seem simple, towing requires some planning and safety before you have your first person aboard the inflatable tube. By following a few simple guidelines, your day on the water will be more enjoyable. Whenever towing anyone behind your boat, you should have at least one spotter who can keep track of the passenger and pass on any necessary information to the boat driver.

SAFETY TIP 1: KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Always remember is to keep a safe distance a way from docks, other boats, shorelines or other obstacles. Also, keep in mind the water depth at all times avoiding shallow water. The length of you tube rope is the other important aspect when towing. Whether for tubers or water skiers, you want it to be around 22m at a minimum to keep your distance. Ski ropes are normally available at 21m or 18m. The reason for the extra distance is that when a ‘spill’ occurs, you want adequate distance for the rider or skier to tumble across the water without coming in contact with your boat.

SAFETY TIP 2: THE TUBE AND THE BOAT DON’T GO THE SAME SPEEDS

The speed of the boat and the tube will differ especially during turns. Most likely, all of us have experienced the thrill of getting whipped around the water at high speeds. During these swings, the inflatable boat tube will often travel much faster than the boat. If you turn the boat at 32kph, the tube will most likely be speeding along at almost double the speed. Understanding this, keep your distance from any objects because it will be even harder to slow down the inflatable tube than what it will be the boat.

SAFETY TIP 3: BE AWARE OF THE OTHER BOATS

Apart from colliding with the dock, the other big danger comes from other boats on the water. In particular, the danger increases when the individual falls from the tube and are not clearly visible to other boaters. Waiting to be picked up in the water can be dangerous even when wearing a bright-colored life jacket or impact vest. Many times, the other boats won’t expect anyone to be so far from the shoreline. Because of this danger, there is a law that a red flag must be waved whenever a tuber or skier has gone into the water. While wakeboarders and water skiers were taught to hold a ski above the water, tubers don’t have the same option. Keep a close eye on the other boats and their movements.

SAFETY TIP 4: GETTING THE TOW ROPE TO A FALLEN TUBER

Getting the rope back to the skier may not be as easy as it looks at first glance. Since a  tuber doesn’t have the ability to swim to the rope, you need to perform a tight U-turn and have the tuber near the tube. In addition, you don’t want to turn too much because you don’t want to run over the rope. Keep an eye out for other boaters while you are getting your boat into position.

SAFETY TIP 5: AWARENESS IS KEY

Practicing safe watersports should always be the goal each time you go out on the water. Some of the most common injuries that people get on the water include head injuries, sprains, strains, muscle and ligament injuries. Collisions with another tuber have become one of the greatest sources of head injuries. This is even more common with children, and you should teach them the risks and dangers of the water. Awareness can save you from having a bad day on the water.

When towing anything behind the boat, it’s important to take the right safety precautions to ensure that you have a positive experience on the water. You can have many good memories, but you should still always be careful and be aware of the negatives that can happen so that you can avoid those dangers. Follow the guidelines outlined above about pulling tubes, and you are guaranteed to have some good fun.

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