Tubing Anyone?

If you really want to make this summer one for the books, tubing is the way to go! The great thing about adding a towable to your boating toys, is that it’s the best type of fun for all ages! 

Tubing is among the most popular water sports. It’s easy for someone of any age and skill level to handle. One just needs the ability to hang on and have fun. We dare you to find a tuber who isn’t grinning from ear-to-ear! And it offers nearly unlimited and unpredictable thrills and of course the inevitable spills. Tubing is a “one size fits all,” type of activity. With a huge variety of tube styles available, there will never be a dull moment on the water. There are tubes for just about anyone and everyone. Some sit-in style tubes are harder to tip and are relatively tame, making them the best choice for younger or less adventurous riders. On the other hand you have deck-style tubes that offer the wild rides teens love. Although tubing doesn’t require a lot of skill, like all water sports, it does require common sense. If you follow a few simple rules (like always wearing a life vest) you and your family, and friends will enjoy your tubing adventures.

Here are a few pointers about your towables!

-Check your equipment- Be sure your tube is properly inflated and your tow line is not tangled, knotted or worn.

-Know your rider’s limits- Drive at a speed that is comfortable for your rider—teens are likely to urge you to hit the gas, but younger children may be just as happy at slower speeds.

-Boat safely- Follow all boating rules and use a spotter to keep an eye on your rider and to help you watch for other boats or obstacles in the water.

-Set up hand signals- Before leaving the dock, come up with a set of hand signals the rider can use to tell you to go faster (thumbs up), slower (thumbs down) or stop (hand up with palm showing).

-Ending your day- Be sure to take the time to properly stow your equipment. Let your tow line dry, coil it up and store in a dry place

-Stowing your towables- Don’t leave your tube sitting out in the sun—it will expand. Store it in the shade. If you can’t keep it out of the sun, release some air—just be sure to re-inflate it before your next outing.