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Waterskiing and Boardsailing


  • All waterskiings must wear a personal flotation devices (PFDs)
  • All boat passengers are also required to wear PFDs or approved life jackets
  • Keep tow ropes, bridles and/or handles in good shape. Replace defective equipment promptly.
  • In addition to the towboat driver, a competent person must be on board to act as an observer
  • Always ensure that the towboat driver and all passengers are safely seated in the boat at all times. Sitting on gunwales (sides) or seat backrests is not permitted.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from shore, stationary objects, narrow channels, swimmers, scuba divers, sailboats and fishermen
  • It is an offence to tow a waterskiier a half-hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset
  • If a fall is unavoidable, waterskiiers should attempt to fall backwards or sideways
  • After a fall, lift a ski at least half its length out of the water to improve visibility to other boat operators


  • Each person must wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket. Note that wetsuits are not approved personal flotation devices.
  • In warm weather:
    • Wear a wetsuit/protective clothing, visor/hat and sunscreen
  • In cold weather,
    • Wear a wetsuit, waterproof boots or shoes, hat/toque and gloves
  • Know your limits and do not overextend yourself. Always sail with a buddy.
  • Always stay close to shore
  • Use an escort vessel on long-distance outings