A Washington and Seattle boat accident attorney shares helpful wakeboarding, water skiing, and tubing safety and prevention tips.

Washington Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Accident Prevention

Andrew Kim
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In early August, a 33-year-old man lost his life while wakeboarding on Washington Lake near Mercer Island. Sadly, many of these tragic accidents could be prevented with more education and awareness regarding the possible dangers of wakeboarding, water skiing, and tubing. While these activities are often fun for the whole family, not following safety guidelines and laws can lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths.

What do you need to know about wakeboard and waterskiing safety?

  • Wear life jackets. Everyone out on the boat should be equipped with a well-fitted life vest. Even if the skier or tuber is a strong swimmer, you should realize that there is a chance that he or she could be knocked unconscious.

  • Wear wetsuits in cold water. Hypothermia can be an issue even on summer days, especially in some of the waters in Washington State and around Seattle. Be aware of the water temperature.

  • Share hand gestures. When it comes to water skiing safety, communication is key. Make sure everyone is familiar with hand gestures that can signal for the boater to slow down or stop.

  • Have an observer on the boat. Many of these accidents take place because the boat operator can’t look at both the skier or tuber and the water in front of him. An observer can keep a lookout and allow the boat’s driver to keep focused on the operating the boat.

  • Turn off the propeller when a skier is nearby. A number of water skiers and tubers are injured each year in propeller accidents. Always kill the engine when someone is in the water near the boat.

  • Stay away from shore. With the shore comes shallow waters, swimmers, docks, and all sorts of other possible obstacles. Stay in open water and away from possible dangers.

  • Never ski in low visibility. Don’t ski at night. Don’t ski in the fog or rain. A motorboat moves quickly and obstacles can be deadly hazards for both the boat and the person being towed.

  • Never drink or use drugs before boating or skiing. Not only is it illegal to boat under the influence, it is also extremely dangerous for everyone on the water.

If you have been injured in a water ski accident, tubing accident, or wakeboard accident, you may wish to speak with a Washington boating injury lawyer. Call Andrew Kim Law Firm today at 800-636-3676 to schedule an appointment.

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