STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
IDAHO SAFE BOATING ACT
67-7024. Water skiing. (1) It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vessel having in tow or otherwise assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar contrivance to operate or propel the same upon or above any waters of the state of Idaho unless that vessel shall be occupied by at least one (1) other competent person who shall act as an observer. This subsection shall not apply to vessels used by representatives of duly constituted water ski schools in the giving of instruction or to vessels used in duly authorized water ski tournaments, competitions, expositions or trials.
(2) Vessels operating within a regulation legal and permitted slalom course and that are equipped with a rearview wide-angle mirror are exempt from the requirement of having at least one (1) other competent person in the boat acting as an observer as provided in subsection (1) of this section. The size of the mirror must be no less than four (4) inches from bottom to top and across from side to side. It shall be mounted firmly to give the operator a full, complete view beyond the rear of the vessel at all times.
(3) No vessel shall have in tow or shall otherwise be assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar contrivance from the period of one (1) hour after sunset to one (1) hour prior to sunrise. This subsection shall not apply to vessels used in duly authorized water ski tournaments, competitions, expositions or trials.
(4) All vessels having in tow or otherwise assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar contrivance shall be operated in a careful and prudent manner and at a reasonable distance from persons and property so as not to endanger the life or property of any person or create excessive wake.
(5) No person shall operate or manipulate any vessel’s attached towrope or other device by which the direction or location of water skis, aquaplane or similar device may be affected or controlled in such a way as to cause the same or any person thereon to collide with or strike against any person or object other than a jumping ramp or in conjunction with skiing over a slalom course.
(6) No person may operate or permit to be operated any vessel used for towing water-skiers or devices in which persons or objects are being towed above, in, or on the waters of this state unless it has on board and displays a warning flag that must be international orange or red in color and must be at least one (1) foot square. When any person being towed by the vessel becomes disengaged from the towline and is down in the water, a person in the vessel must immediately hold the warning flag aloft, visible from all sides, as an indicator to other vessels in the area that a person is down in the water. As long as such downed person is in the water, the flag must remain displayed to prevent danger to that person and hazards to passing vessels. Such warning flag must be displayed only under these conditions or when other eminent danger exists.
[67-7024, added 1986, ch. 207, sec. 2, p. 526; am. 2011, ch. 114, sec. 1, p. 313; am. 2022, ch. 218, sec. 8, p. 722.]