BAYOU TEXAR BOATING AND SKIING SAFETY RULES
The following rules were included in a letter mailed by Michael Smith - Co-Chairman, to Bayou Texar residents concerning the
1998 U.S. Open Water Ski and Wakeboard Championships which were held June 19,20, & 21, 1998 at
Bayview Park on Bayou Texar in Pensacola, Florida. These are rules that he considered Basic and necessary when skiers share
As Bayou Texar becomes more crowded with boat traffic, it also becomes more dangerous.
However, if we all try to follow a few basic safety rules and if we are all courteous to others,
then we can continue to enjoy safe fun on the bayou.
- Please keep a safe distance between your boat or jet ski and other boats, skiers, and
docks. If you play chicken with another boat or a dock, you may lose.
- Never tailgate a skier, wakeboarder, or tuber with your boat or jet ski. Please try to stay
way behind any boat in front of you. Violation of this rule can be fatal!
- Boat drivers should always pay attention to whatever is going on in front of their
boats. Your observer should watch the skier at all times.
- Promptly return to a fallen skier. Approach your fallen skier from the driver's side of
your boat. Fallen skiers should hold their skis up to help boaters see them.
- Always look before you turn.
- Please avoid excessive speed in crowded conditions.
- Always maintain control of your boat.
- All skiers should wear flotation vests.
- Skiers like calm water. Please try to avoid creating unnecessary boat or jet ski wake.
- Never ski or operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Please be courteous and respect the rights of others.
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