Having Fun and Staying Safe with Water Sports
Crownline boats—especially our awesome Surf Series—are great for all kinds of water sports. Thanks to advancements in boating and recreational-equipment technology, it’s never been easier to have an exhilarating time on the water. But before you start shredding the wake this season, it’s a good idea to go over some basic safety rules.
Don’t Perform Water Sports in Congested Areas
It’s pretty obvious that performing water sports in a crowded place is incredibly dangerous, but the message is worth repeating. Always avoid areas heavy with boats and swimmers, but also look out for rocks, fallen trees, navigation markers, floating islands, and basically anywhere it would be dangerous to drag a human being behind a high-powered boat at fast speeds. Stick to open water.
Regularly Inspect Your Equipment
Inspecting equipment is a win/win for a boat owner. If your equipment is in good shape, it’s time to hit the water. If you need something new, you get to go shopping. When looking at your equipment, be sure to check the ropes. A broken rope can lead to something much worse than a wipeout. Other things to watch out for include worn-out propellers, splintered boards, loose grips and straps, small holes or tears in tubes, or any damage that would significantly alter the hydrodynamics of your equipment.
Being a considerate water-sports boater means avoiding crowded areas, but being a considerate boater goes beyond keeping everyone safe. Make sure you’re not ruining anyone’s day. Look out for fishers and fishing lines. Be aware of your speed and respect no-wake zones. Don’t boat too close to boats that are idling or anchored. And never perform water sports near docks or in shallow water.
Spending the day wakeboarding, waterskiing or tubing are some of the best ways to enjoy your boat, but accidents can happen. Stay safe by always using mirrors or spotters. Don’t drive under the influence. Never sit or climb on the wakeboard tower while the boat is in motion. Remember to put up a flag when you have a person in the water. And always—ALWAYS—wear a life jacket. Choose the PFD that’s right for you by reading our blog, Getting to Know Personal Flotation Devices.
Learn These Hand Signals
Teach everyone who rides on your boat these hand signals before heading out. They’re easy to learn and a critically important language of water-sport safety.
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