1. Water Skiing is permitted if and when the below conditions, rules and restrictions are adhered to:
a) The skier should know how to swim and must wear a specially designed personal flotation device (PFD), such as a lifejacket, at all times. The lifejacket must be properly fitted and free from objects or attachments that may cause injury during a fall. Lifejackets should be constructed accordingly to protect the skier from blunt force or internal bodily damage in cases of collision or impact.
b) The personal floatation device selected must provide buoyancy, keeping the skier afloat on the seas surface. The use of inflatable lifejackets is strictly forbidden.
c) The motorboat used for water skiing must have to the appropriate engine power or horsepower so as to reach and maintain the necessary speeds required to tow even heavyset skiers. Additionally, the motorboat whether leased or owned, must carry a portable metal fuel tank equipped with safety plugs and capable to store a minimum capacity of three (3) liters of fuel or have an auxiliary reserve tank with the appropriate reserve amounts.
d) The maximum length for a towrope or ski line is 23 meters and the minimum width is 8 millimeters in diameter with the capability to remain afloat.
e) The cleat or point on the boat where line or rope attaches must be in excellent condition and capable to withstand the pull and momentum created by the boats speed.
f) The water ski selected should be safe, constructed from the appropriate materials and provide buoyancy. The skis must be free and clear of any unnecessary sharp or protruding parts, metal, wood or other material that could cause injury to the skier during a fall.
g) Skiing is prohibited during adverse weather conditions and prior to sunrise and after sunset hours.
h) The motorboat must be manned by a minimum of two (2) individuals, the driver and the observer where the driver must meet the general requirements found in Article 22, Par.2i, General Marine Regulations No. 20. More specifically drivers must hold:
i. A valid Water Ski instructors license in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license registered under the Hellenic Ministry of Sports - General Secretariat of Sports (GGA) for a minimum of two years or
ii. A Degree in Physical Education (Dept.Pys.Ed.& Sports], Water Ski major, in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license which has been active for at least one year or
iii. A valid Water Ski Instructors license, whose validity has been certified according to the Hellenic Port Regulations #101 B/2004 (Greek Government Journal #101 B/2004). This holder must also have previously have held a valid Port Authority/Marine Motorboat Rental license or provided such services to a lessor actively engaged in renting motorboats, speedboats for towed water sports activities. The issuer defines the length of time the Ski Instructors License is valid.
For individuals who actively assist in water sports activities involving motorboats and towing, such as water skiing, parasailing, rings, sleds, etc., the above qualifications must also be met.
iv. The simultaneous use and towing of multiple water sports equipment is prohibited (e.g. sleds, rings, tubes, etc.).
2. An individual must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age or older in order to water ski. For individuals under the minimum age of 16, parents/ legal guardians maintain responsibility, must provide parental consent, in addition to confirming the minors ability to swim properly.
3. All Individuals who operate and/or own motorboats, powerboats, etc. that can be used for water sport activities requiring towing, e.g. water skiing, must also adhere to all respective safety rules and regulations.
4. The course or waterway followed by the motorboat operator towing a skier must be free and clear of any hazards or objects such as marine equipment, fish farm tanks, floating devices such as platforms, diving boards, etc. and away from the path of other boats or vessels for safety purposes and the prevention of accidents.
5. Water skiing is prohibited in areas when the distance is:
a. Less than One Hundred (100) meters from the outer edges of floating buoys (ref. Article 26), used to mark and set the boundaries for bathing beaches frequented by swimmers, etc. In areas where the coastline differs, such as bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters but no less than fifty (50) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.
b. Less than Two Hundred (200) meters from the customary location accessed and frequented by swimmers when at coastlines where floating buoys are not evident.
c. Less than Two Hundred (200) meters from any and all coastlines regardless of the presence of swimmers. In areas where the coastline differs, such as bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.
6.The departure and arrival to and from a shore or coastline by a speedboat towing a skier is permitted only via the designated waterway (ref. Article 27) while traveling at the lowest speed possible to the defined water limits which are not subject to the rules and requirements denoted in the above paragraph (ref. ¶5).