Georgia Boater Education Course


HAND SIGNALS

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.

SKIER OK

SKIER OKAY

Clasp both hands overhead to signal that you're OK.

 
RETURN TO DOCK

RETURN TO DOCK

A pat on the head to signal that you want to go back to shore.

 
SKIER DOWN

SKIER DOWN

If you fall, hold up a ski so the tow boat and other boats can see you in the water.

 
SPEED UP

SPEED UP

Give a thumbs-up when you want the boat to go faster.

 
STOP

STOP

Put your palm out towards the boat to signal the boat to stop its engine.

 
SPEED OK

SPEED OKAY

An "OK" sign, means the speed is just right.

 
TURN LEFT

TURN LEFT

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.

 
TURN RIGHT

TURN RIGHT

Extend your right hand out to tell to signal a right turn.

 
SLOW DOWN

SLOW DOWN

A thumbs-down means you want the boat to slow down.