Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Water Ski Course Exemption Rule!

UWSC Members,

See below for the new water ski course exemption rule that is proposed to be included in the official Utah State Boating Laws and Rules.
The only real change that was not included in the Water Ski Amendments (Senate Bill 84) that was passed in the spring is the addition of required Utah Water Ski Club active membership documentation onboard. This is a reminder to keep your membership card and government issued ID with you when skiing the clubs course if you want to be exempt. The UWSC Board still strongly encourages all members to use a coast guard approved vest, observer, and flag when skiing in the clubs course.

Happy Holidays!

UWSC Board

Waterski Course Exemptions Rule


73-18-16. Regattas, races, exhibitions -- Rules.

(1) The division may authorize the holding of regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades, tournaments, or exhibitions on any waters of this state.

(2) The board may adopt rules concerning the safety of vessels and persons, either as observers or participants[.], that do not conflict with the provisions of Subsections (3) and (4).

(3) A person may elect, at the person's own risk, to wear a non-Coast Guard approved personal floatation device if the person is on an American Water Ski Association regulation tournament slalom course and is:

(a) engaged in barefoot water skiing;

(b) water skiing in an American Water Ski Association regulation competition;

(c) a performer participating in a professional exhibition or other tournament; or

(d) practicing for an event described in Subsection (3)(b) or (c).

(4) If a person is water skiing in an American Water Ski Association regulation tournament slalom course, an observer and flag are not required if the vessel is:

(a) equipped with a wide angle mirror with a viewing surface of at least 48 square inches; and

(b) operated by a person who is at least 18 years of age.

R651-226. Regattas and Races.

R651-226-1. Authorization To Hold A Marine Event.

Authorization to hold a marine event shall be obtained from the division as well as from any other person or agency who owns or administers the land adjacent to the marine event.

R651-226-2. American Waterski Association Regulation Tournament Slalom Course.

(a) the exemptions listed in 73-18-16 regarding waterskiing on an American Waterski Association Regulation Tournament Slalom Course are granted:

(i) on courses permitted through the Division as a waterway hazard by a club affiliated with the American Waterski Association (documentation required with application); and

(ii) only to active members of the affiliated club who are skiing on the permitted course (club membership documentation required onboard).

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