Water tubing is another water activity where the participants have to ride on top of an inner tube. Tubing on water has two forms: towed and free-floating, aka river tubing. Towed tubing is usually done on a large body of water such as a lake or a river. On the other hand, in the free-float tubing, the tube riders are untied and just go with the flow of the water current. Tubers paddle with their hands and use webbed gloves for steering.
If you are someone interested in the tubing, please check out the following safety tips.
Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device), in this case, a life jacket or vest. This is a protection when the rider happens to get separated from the boat. Please ensure it is a US Coastguard-approved life jacket or vest. You may also need to wear tubing gloves, helmet, and footwear.
It is also important to protect yourself from the sun. The UV rays and the water reflection can be a risky combo. You can avoid these dangers by wearing a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher.
Know the capabilities of your water sports tubing equipment by heart. Read thoroughly the manufacturer’s instruction and follow their recommendations for water tubing capacity when it comes to size and weight, a number of riders, age limits, and maximum towing speed.
Use common sense in knowing the capability of your rider, especially when you are tubing with small kids. Do not compromise their safety, not even for the fun of being in big waves and high speed.
Assign someone to be a spotter. This person should always be on the lookout for any accidents or see if someone falls off the tube.
Especially if you are the driver, make sure you are familiar with specific water regulations, specifically towing speeds. He/she should know and understand the boating regulations by heart.