Five Tubing Tips for Summer

Ask any kid who grew up on the water: tubing is a memory that always brings a big smile and a story about getting thrown off. It’s one of the most enjoyable water sports that will create great moments all summer long for you and your passengers. Even if you’ve been pulling tubes behind your boat for years, you can’t forget some important rules that will keep everyone safe. Here are five things to keep in mind the next time you’ve got some riders on your inflatables.

Safety First

Before you leave the docks, make sure that everyone who will be riding has a life jacket that fits. While you have to stow enough life jackets for all your passengers, anyone getting out on a tube has to have a PFD on. This is crucial for children, who might not be strong swimmers. You may even want to buy life jackets with extra handles to pull kids out of the water more easily.

Check the Tube

Check your tube before you get to the water for any leaks in the rubber or tears in the materials. Read all the tags for information about towing speeds and the max number of passengers. Give your lines an inspection to see if there is any fraying. Do this before every trip out to give your riders the safest equipment possible.

Know Your Riders

Speaking of riders, you should always know who you’re towing and what experience level they have tubing. First-timers shouldn’t be flung around without a few trips under their belts, and make sure you know when someone needs a break. The ride should be fun and safe for all passengers, but especially for young or new riders.

Know the Water

Before you pull a tube on new waters, drive them without the tube first. You can’t tube in shallow water, which means your riders will be treading in deep water if they wind up falling off. Keep an eye out for debris, buoys, and other things that might harm your riders or your boat.

Drive Responsibly

Last and most important, the driver is responsible for keeping everyone safe. Your riders won’t be thinking about safety when they’re hanging on around sharp curves. Keep a good distance between you, your tube and other boats. Go over the commands to speed up, slow down, or stop with anyone who could get on a tube. If possible, have a spotter to help let you know when someone has fallen off. This will free you up to be a better and safer driver. After all, you’re not just providing a fun experience for tubers; you should be having fun yourself!