Water-skiing is a popular and exciting recreational boating activity. Ski boats often travel at high speeds and boat operators should acquaint themselves with local operating rules and guidelines.
It is a requirement to have an observer (minimum 10 years of age) watching the skier at all times. The observer should transfer messages from the skier to the vessel driver. This allows the driver to concentrate on operating the boat.
In popular ski areas it is common to find ski access lanes. These lanes allow skiers access to the beach and therefore are off limits to swimmers and other vessels.
Boaters should always ski in an anti-clockwise direction and also make sure they are familiar with any other local rules and requirements such as 5 knot zones.
The maximum number of water skiers that can be towed simultaneously is two and water-skiing can only occur during daylight hours. Persons aquaplaning and wakeboarding must also abide by these rules.
Every water-skier (or person being towed in any other manner) must wear an approved life jacket.
Diving is a very safe recreational activity, however there is still room for improvement.
The attached information has been supplied by:
Associate Professor David Smart
BMedSci, MBBS(Hons), MD(UTas), FACEM, FIFEM, FACTM, FAICD, DipDHM, CertDHM(ANZCA)
Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Royal Hobart Hospital