This newer recreational water sport accessory Flyfish 6 Pro, Flyfish 2 Pro and Flyfish small can be leased under the following mandatory rules and regulations
- All participants know how to swim and must wear a specially designed personal flotation device (PFD), such as a lifejacket, at all times. The lifejacket must be properly fitted and free from objects or attachments that may cause injury during a fall.
- The personal floatation device selected must provide buoyancy, keeping the rider afloat on the seas surface. The use of inflatable lifejackets is strictly forbidden. The binding of participants to the accessory or performing any stunts is strictly forbidden. Riders always board from the Flyfishs’ backend, while heavier set individuals are situated at the rear of the flotation accessory. Detailed instructions must be provded ny the lessor to the riders prior to takeoff.
- The powerboat that tows the float must be equipped with an engine powerful enough to lift the Flyfish in and its occupants. 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. Release mechanisms, rings or clips, for the towropes must be available. Eighteen (18) knots is the maximum speed allowed for the Flyfish.
- The towrope used must be according to manufactures standards and have the capability to remain afloat at sea.
- The cleat or point on the boat 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 eighteen (18) knots.
- The Flyfish is prohibited during adverse weather conditions and prior to sunrise and after sunset hours.
- 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.
- The rules and regulations that govern operators or owners of powerboats/speedboats also apply for powerboats used to tow to Flyfish.
- The Flyfish riders or participants must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years or older. For minors, individuals under the minimum age requirement, parents/ legal guardians maintain responsibility, must provide parental consent, in addition to confirming the minors ability to swim properly. For Flyfish6 Pro, the maximum number of riders allowed is six (6) with a maximum total weight of seven hundred (700) kilos. For Flyfish2 Pro, the maximum number of riders is two (2) with a maximum total of three hundred (300) kilos. For Flyfish small, the maximum number of riders is two (2) with a maximum total of one hundred and forty (140) kilos.
- The course or waterway followed by the powerboat operator towing the Flyfish must be free and clear of any reefs, islets, anchored boats, or any other obstacles so as to avoid any accidents.
- The maximum amount of Flyfish that can be towed by a powerboat is one (1).
- Flyfish riding is prohibited in areas when the distance is:
- 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.
- Less than Two Hundred (200) meters from the customary location accessed and frequented by swimmers when at coastlines where floating buoys are not evident.
- 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 two hundred (200) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.
- The takeoff and landing to and from the coastline by a speedboat towing a Flyfish is permitted only via the designated waterway (ref. Article 27) and when traveling at speeds no greater than five (5) knots and up to the point where the above rules and requirements are not triggered.
- 1. They fall into the category of surface towable objects.Article 2 (Interpretation) of the Speedboat Laws from 1992 to 2001 - Law 56 (I) / 1992):"towable object" means any object that does not have its own independent mechanical power but it is hauled by a high-speed vessel, and for the purposes of this Law it also refers to any person who is hauled by the vessel.2. Any person who is towed by the towable object must wear a life jacket or have a kind of buoyancy aid device.Article 2 (Interpretation) of the Cruiser Laws from 1992 to 2001 - Law 56 (I) / 1992):"Lifejacket" means a type of personal clothing that can be easily worn and securely fastened to the body of an adult person or a child, has buoyancy of at least fifteen (15) kilograms, without having to be filled with air, carries a whistle , has a distinct color and finally it is capable of holding the head of a user who does not keep his senses out of the water.'buoyancy device' means a type of individual attachment which can be easily and securely worn and secured to the body of an adult person or a child, its buoyancy has to be equal to at least 10% of the weight of the person who wears it, without having to be filled with air and finally it has a distinct color.Section 5 (1) (Speedboat Operator Obligations) of the High Speed Boats Laws from 1992 to 2001; L. 56 (I) / 1992):The boat operator, must ensure that any person who is carried or towed by a vessel must wear a lifejacket or has or a buoyancy aid device.Provisions for the safe use and operation of the surface trailer objects.3. Regulation 27 (Surface Trailers) of the Speed Boats Regulations 1999 - CP 121/1999:27. (1) Α surface trailer is any trailer towed on the sea surface.(2) It is prohibited the use of towing rope and any machinery and articles that are used in order to tow a trailing surface object violating the manufacturer's specifications or, in the absence thereof the practice gained by the marine experience.(3) Rope fastening points which should not exceed 50 meters in length, or any other towing means to the high-speed boat and to the surface towable object, and all the mechanisms and materials must be in excellent condition and must be controlled by the owner and the boat’s operator too.(4) Whenever a towed surface object is used, the owner and the operator of the high-speed boat must ensure that a second person is on board the boat who supervises the towing procedure, given the fact that the boat's construction requires so.(5) The owner and the operator of a high-speed boat must never tow a towable object in a surface less than 200 meters from the nearest shore, and less than 100 meters away from the signaled area of the bathing area adjacent to the shore.(6) The owner and the boat operator must ensure that any person who is towed by a seawater towing boat, wears a life-jacket or has a buoyancy device and complies with the provisions of these Regulations.