Boating Safety Instructions

  • Never exceed passenger maximum (You will be ticketed if caught-its expensive)

  • All non swimmers and children under 13 must wear a lifejacket while on the boat. 

  • All tubers/skiers must wear a life jacket.

  • Never allow a person who is consuming alcohol to operate a watercraft.

  • All boat operators must be 26 or have the NC Boater Education Certification.

  • Always Shut off motor while nearing swimmers outside boat or passengers are swimming. Propeller injury is comparable to a chain saw injury.

  • Use ladder for getting on and off boat. Never use motor to jump off of or climb into boat. 

  • When skier or tuber falls – slow down slowly.  Proceed with caution.

  • Do not suck tow rope into propeller. Pull rope into boat when tuber is done.  If tow rope gets caught in propeller.   Stop, shut of motor, remove key – put it in your pocket then unwrap rope from propeller.   

  • Tow rope is attached to boat in proper spot and rope and tube must be attached properly.

  • Make sure to have one person (spotter) watching skier/tuber at all times.

  • Do not exceed safe speed.  Never tube over 22 mph.

  • Signals from tuber or skier should be agreed on before tubing or skiing (Slow Down, Stop, Go, and Speed Up)

  • Turn off motor when anyone goes into the water.

  • Pull out slack on tow rope slowly until tow rope is stretched out. Then go when tuber gives signal.

  • Never allow tuber/skier to wrap tow rope around hand, ankle or any other body part.

Motor & Boat Procedures:

  • Add appropriate amount of oil to gasoline when you fill up or you will have complete engine failure at your expense.  (excluding 4 stroke motors)

  • Pump the bulb until firm, start motor, let idle for a few minutes to warm up. Excluding 4 stroke.

  • Untie dock lines and bring them in the boat.  Do not ride around with tow rope or dock tie down hanging off the boat. It will likely get caught up in the propeller.

  • Forward is Forward, Back is Reverse.

  • Make sure to lower motor into water via the trim button on the throttle handle or dash.  

  • Always observe no wake zones.

  • Use slow speed when boating near other boaters or docks otherwise you rock their boats.

  • Watch out for floating trees. If you see branches there is a log attached to it under the water.

  • If going into shallow water, watch for rocks.  Ask passengers to watch as well. Remember propellers are expensive and are checked after each rental. Do not travel too far down the river when it gets shallow and rocks appear.  You are responsible for all damage on boat.

  • DOCKING BOAT….Key word is SLOW.  

  • Do not allow passengers to muscle the boat to the dock or jump off to pull it in. Drive slowly and do not allow passengers to put hands between dock and boat. (This is most common injury)

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