Florida Accident Prevention: Water Skiing Safety Can Prevent Injuries and Save Lives

by Carmen Dellutri on August 16, 2011

Florida tubing injuryWater skiing, wake boarding, and tubing are popular in Florida’s lakes and waterways.  Unfortunately, if both the boat driver and skier do not take proper precautions, these activities can also lead to serious injuries.

Below are several important Florida Water Ski Regulations:

▪       The operator of a vessel towing someone on skis or another aquaplaning device must either have an observer, in addition to the operator, on board who is attendant to the actions of the skier or have and use a wide-angle rear-view mirror.

▪       No one may ski or aquaplane between the hours of 1/2 hour past sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise.

▪       No one may water ski or use another aquaplaning device unless they are wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved non-inflatable Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device (PFD). Inflatable personal flotation devices are prohibited for skiing/aquaplaning.

▪       No one may ski or use another aquaplaning device while impaired by alcohol or other drugs.

▪       The operator of a vessel towing a skier may not pull the skier close enough to a fixed object or another vessel that there is risk of collision.

In addition to the Florida laws outlined above, water skiers should avoid congested areas, beaches, docks, and swimming areas and should be aware of any hazards such as shallow water or objects such as rocks or bridge pilings in the water. Finally, to avoid propeller injuries, always shut off the engine before allowing the skier to board the boat. Once the skier is onboard, retrieve the towline unless pulling another skier.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida water skiing accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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