Be aware that there are elements of risk in boating, skiing, and riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it.
To increase your enjoyment of the sport, follow the "watersports responsibility code".
It is your responsibility:
To familiarize yourself with all of the appliable laws, the risks inherent in the sport, and the proper use of equipment.
To know the waterways where you will be skiing or riding. Do no skiing or riding in shallow water, near shore, docks, pilings, swimmers, or other watercraft.
To always have a person other than the boat driver as an observer and agree on hand signals before starting.
To always wear a US Coast Guard Type III (PDF) Vest.
To read your owner's manuals and inspect your equipment prior to each use.
To ski or ride within your limits. Always ski or ride in control and at speeds appropiate for your ability.
To always turn your ignition off when anyone is near the watercraft's power drive unit.
To never operate watercraft, ski or ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisioning from engine exhaust fumes may cause injury or death. Never "Platform Drag" or touch a swim platform while the engine is running.
-Water Sports Industry Association