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 either in red, green, yellow, or orange colour, 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. On each occasion, based on the General Port Regulation No 20 (B 444 / 26-4-1999), the use of water towable tubes-rings as well as novel recreational activities, which have been or will be approved in accordance with the applicable provisions, is prohibited when the Beaufort wind measures more than five (5). Additionally, the use of water towable tubes-rings is prohibited when visibility is limited.

 The landlords of water recreational activities hold a portable digital anemometer where they take into consideration its indications.

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 23, Par.Ii, General Marine Regulations No.20. More specifically drivers must hold:

1. A valid Water Ski instructors license in any category of the General Secretariat of Sport (GGA) or a Degree in Physical Education (Dept.Pys.Ed.& Sports], with Water Ski major or a valid Water Ski Instructors license  whose validity has been certified according to the General Port Regulation no.37 B' 101/2004 and the holder must has previously exercised the occupation of the lessor under the permission of the Port Authority or has provided to another lessor the services of high-boat marine recreational vehicle. 
2. A valid powerboat/marine license. In case the submitted request does not address the rental of towed water sports activities by a high-speed boat, this provision enters into force on 01-01-2020.

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.

The speed should be no more than five (5) nodes in a less than two hundred (200) meters distance from the coastline in areas where no bathers exist in each case.

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.

14. The rent of a high-speed boat is prohibited when there is an engine's damage or shutdown occurs.

15. Any high-speed boat that is used for the pull of leased water recreational activities, except for the parachute, in order to achieve the maximum level of safety and maintain the required amount of speed, it should have a minimum total length of five (5) meters, a minimum weight (boat-vessel-equipment) of six hundred (600) kilograms and its engine should have the following minimum level of horsepower according to its type:

outboard 100 HP or

inboard 140 HP or

in-outboard 160 HP.

High-speed boats of recreational water activities that are used before the entrance of force of this Regulation and do not meet the above conditions, can be used until 31-12-2021.

16. There must be two (2) persons on board when the high-speed boat pulls a sea-based recreational vehicle, unless otherwise specified.

17. A high-quality mirror should be placed ahead of the main position of the rudder on each high-speed boat which pulls a sea recreational activity. The precise location of the mirror is determined by the operator of the boat so that he has a full and continuous visual image of the towed aft the sea-going recreational means and of the person who is pulled.