It’s important to have clear communication between the person being towed and the towing vessel. If you’re being towed, here are some signals you can use to tell the boat operator what you want them to do.
Clasp both hands overhead to signal that you're OK.
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A pat on the head to signal that you want to go back to shore.
If you fall, hold up a ski so the tow boat and other boats can see you in the water.
Give a thumbs-up when you want the boat to go faster.
Put your palm out towards the boat to signal the boat to stop its engine.
An "OK" sign, means the speed is just right.
Extend your left hand straight out to the side to signal a left turn. This can be used by either the observer or the person being towed.
Extend your right hand out to tell to signal a right turn.
A thumbs-down means you want the boat to slow down.