Water towable tubes – rings


Water towable tubes – rings

1. All riders should know how to swim and must wear a specially designed personal flotation device (PFD), lifejacket, at all times. The lifejacket must be properly fitted and free from objects or attachments that may cause injury during a fall. Lifejackets should be constructed accordingly to protect the skier from blunt force or internal bodily damage in cases of collision or impact.

2. The Personal Flotation Devices selected must provide buoyancy, keeping the skier afloat on the seas surface. The use of inflatable lifejackets is strictly forbidden.

3. The motorboat used for towing must have to the appropriate engine power or horsepower so as to reach and maintain the necessary speeds required for towing all riders. Additionally, the motorboat whether leased or owned, must carry a portable metal fuel tank equipped with safety plugs and capable to store a minimum capacity of three (3) liters of fuel or have an auxiliary reserve tank with the appropriate reserve amounts.

4. The towrope is according to the manufacturers specifications and has the capability to remain afloat at sea.

5. The cleat or point on the boat and on the ring where line or rope attaches must be in excellent condition and capable to withstand the pull and momentum created by the boats speed, which cannot exceed 25 knots.

6. Tubes, Rings etc., are prohibited during adverse weather conditions and prior to sunrise and after sunset hours.

7. The motorboat must be manned by a minimum of two (2) individuals, the driver and the observer where the driver must meet the general requirements found in Article 22, Par.2i, General Marine Regulations No.20. More specifically drivers must hold:

  1. A valid Water Ski instructors license in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license registered under the Hellenic Ministry of Sports - General Secretariat of Sports for a minimum of two years or
  2. A Degree in Physical Education (Dept.Pys.Ed.& Sports], Water Ski major, in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license which has been active for at least one year or
  3. A valid Water Ski Instructors license, whose validity has been certified according to the Hellenic Port Regulations #101 B/2004 (Greek Government Journal #101 B/2004). This holder must also have previously have held a valid Port Authority/Marine Motorboat Rental license or provided such services to a lessor actively engaged in renting motorboats, speedboats for towed water sports activities. The issuer defines the length of time the Ski Instructors License is valid.

8. All Individuals who operate and/or own motorboats, powerboats, etc. that can be used for water sport activities requiring towing, e.g. tubes, rings, must also adhere to all respective safety rules and regulations.

9. All riders must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age and the riders are limited to and cannot exceed the number of grips available. For individuals under the minimum age of 16, parents/ legal guardians maintain responsibility, must provide parental consent, in addition to confirming the minors ability to swim properly.

10. The course or waterway followed by the motorboat operator towing a skier must be free and clear of any hazards or objects such as reefs, islets, anchored or other nearby boats for safety purposes and the prevention of accidents.

11. Each motorboat/speedboat is permitted to tow up to four (4) single-seated or two (2) two-seated tubes or rings.

12. Water sledding is prohibited in areas when the distance is:
a. Less than One hundred (100) meters from the outer edges of floating buoys (ref. Article 26), used to mark and set the boundaries for bathing beaches frequented by swimmers, etc. In areas where the coastline differs, such as small bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters but no less than fifty (50) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.
b. Less than two hundred (200) meters from the customary location accessed and frequented by swimmers when at coastlines where floating buoys are not evident.
c. Less than two hundred (200) meters from any and all coastlines regardless of the presence of swimmers. In areas where the coastline differs, such as small bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.

13. The takeoff and landing to and from the coastline by a speedboat towing a water sled is permitted only via the designated waterway (ref. Article 27) and when traveling at the lowest speed possible, no greater than 5 knots, and up to the point where the above rules and requirements are not triggered.