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Towing activities can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. However, it’s important to prioritize safety to ensure a smooth and accident-free towing session. Here are some essential tips for towing activities to keep you safe and happy this summer in Lac du Bonnet.

Verify Local Regulations

Before engaging in towing activities with your jet ski, familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations governing towing in your area. Different jurisdictions may have specific guidelines regarding speed limits, distance from shorelines, and necessary safety equipment. Ensure compliance with these regulations to maintain safety and avoid any legal issues.

Choose Appropriate Gear

When towing, it’s essential to use the right equipment. Invest in a sturdy and reliable tow rope that is specifically designed for towing water sports activities. Look for a rope with the appropriate strength and length for your specific needs. Additionally, ensure that all passengers involved in the towing activity are equipped with properly fitting and approved personal flotation devices (PFDs).

Have a Designated Spotter on Board

When engaging in towing activities with a boat or personal watercraft (PWC), it is crucial to have a designated spotter on board the PWC or the towing vessel. The spotter’s role is to maintain constant visual contact with the person being towed and communicate any signals or messages between the rider and the operator. This ensures enhanced safety and effective communication throughout the towing activity, allowing for quick response and coordination if any issues arise.

Ensure You Have Enough Seats

According to Canadian boating regulations, personal watercraft (PWC) can be used for towing activities. However, there is a specific requirement that the towing vessel must be equipped with an extra seat for each person being towed (plus your spotter). This regulation ensures that there is a designated seat available to accommodate each individual being towed in the event of an emergency or the need for recovery. The purpose of this regulation is to prioritize the safety and well-being of those involved in towing activities. Having an extra seat for each person being towed allows for a safer and more efficient emergency response if necessary. It ensures that there is adequate seating available for everyone involved in the towing operation, enabling a prompt and secure recovery process in case of any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

Communicate Effectively

Establish clear and concise communication signals between the rider operating the towing vessel and the person being towed. Pre-determine hand signals or verbal cues to indicate speed changes, turns, or stops. This communication is crucial to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved in the towing activity.

Start Slowly and Gradually Increase Speed

Begin the towing activity at a slow speed to allow the person being towed to become comfortable and find their balance. Once they are ready, gradually increase the speed while maintaining control and ensuring the safety of all participants. Avoid sudden accelerations or abrupt changes in direction, as they can increase the risk of accidents or injuries.

Maintain a Safe Distance

When towing, maintain a safe distance from other vessels, swimmers, or objects in the water. Maintain a minimum distance of 30 meters (100 feet) from swimmers and ensure there is ample space to maneuver safely. Keep an eye on your surroundings and adjust your course if necessary to avoid potential collisions.

Be Mindful of Exhaust Fumes

Depending on the type of watercraft being used, exhaust fumes may be present, which can be hazardous if inhaled excessively. When towing, ensure that the person being towed is positioned a safe distance away from the jet ski’s exhaust area. This helps minimize the risk of inhaling harmful fumes and provides a more comfortable experience for the person being towed.

Practice Safe Stops and Landings

When ending a towing session, communicate with the person being towed to signal your gradual reduction of speed. Ensure a smooth and controlled stop to avoid sudden jolts or accidents. Additionally, choose a safe and designated area for landing, away from other watercraft or hazards.

Respect Time Restrictions

It is important to note that towing activities are not permitted within an hour before sunrise and sunset. This time restriction is in place to prioritize safety and visibility on the water. During these periods, lighting conditions can be challenging, making it difficult for other boaters to see and react to the presence of towed individuals. Adhering to this regulation helps minimize the risk of accidents and ensures a safer experience for all waterway users.

Adhering to Canadian boating regulations and implementing these essential safety tips will significantly enhance your personal watercraft experience while ensuring the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other waterway users. Remember, safety should always be the top priority when enjoying your PWC adventures.

Disclaimer: The information provided in our articles about waterway safety in Lac du Bonnet is for general informational purposes only. While we strive for accuracy, it may not be up-to-date or applicable to every situation. Consult official sources and local authorities for the most current and accurate information. Our articles do not substitute professional advice, and readers should exercise their own judgment and consider their specific circumstances. We are not liable for any loss or injury resulting from the use of the information provided. Follow applicable laws, regulations, and safety guidelines and seek professional advice when needed. Waterway activities carry inherent risks, and individuals are responsible for their own safety. The content may change without notice. Consult local authorities for specific concerns or questions regarding waterway safety in Manitoba.

Protect Manitoba's Waters

AIS, or Aquatic Invasive Species, pose a significant threat to our water bodies, affecting both the environment and recreational activities. It is crucial that we all play our part in preventing their spread.

Whether you’re a casual boater or a commercial operator, the legislation applies to everyone who enjoys the province’s waterways. These regulations focus on the movement of AIS through various means such as watercraft, aircraft, vehicles, equipment, and bait use. Prior to entering or leaving a water body, individuals and operators are required to take specific measures to ensure AIS does not transfer from one location to another.

To learn more about these important regulations, including cleaning requirements and legislation, please visit the Legislation, Regulations, and Set Fines section on the Government of Manitoba website. Additionally, you can find valuable information about AIS in the Manitoba Angler’s Guide, helping us all stay informed and safeguard our beloved water resources. Read more here

About Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba

Lac du Bonnet is where the Manitoba Prairies give way to the vast boreal forest and the Canadian Shield, where miles of natural trails allow you to hear nature’s sounds and relax within her bounty. In Lac du Bonnet, miles of prime waterways stretch out before you, calling you toward your next adventure, and a rich history remains to be discovered among the ruins. Culture and arts flourish along the streets where neighbours gather for events and festivals, inviting you to discover the true passion behind our community.

Lac du Bonnet is more than a place on the map; it is the place that connects with your heart. The place where you will create a lifetime of memories and unleash the adventure to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.

This year we invite you to explore Lac du Bonnet and discover that your heart is home here!

Get in Touch with My LdB

Do you have questions about your visit to Lac du Bonnet? Get in touch with our trip advisors and we’ll help you out. You can also give us a call at 1-204-213-0033

This season, let's all remember that waterway safety is in our hands. Let's all do our part, share this information with your friends!