Tubing is a popular recreational activity throughout the spring, summer, and fall. In fact, it could easily be considered a favorite pastime. Many enjoy tubing because it provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature. However, tubing is not without its dangers. So, it’s important to take safety precautions before you go out onto the river or lake.
What is Tubing?
Tubing is a water activity that involves using a rubber tube to float in large bodies of water. While tubing is available in controlled environments, such as resorts and water parks, most choose rivers or lakes. Riders float either in free-floating tubes using the natural current or in towed tubes, pulled along a body of water by a motorboat.
Common Tubing Injuries
Be careful out there on the water, since many different types of injuries can occur while tubing. Water impact injuries are the primary tubing concerns, whether with another tuber or objects in the water. Another common cause of tubing issue involves boats. Boating-related injuries can range from contact with the propeller to sudden stops and starts.
Finally, injuries occur when riders are unfamiliar with the area or unaware of changes in the area. Tubing after heavy rainfall or during a drought can both be hazardous—did you know that there is an increase in waterborne e-coli after heavy rain? Additionally, in July of 2021, a family from northwest Indiana suffered serious injuries and death while tubing. The family was unfamiliar with the area and didn’t realize that there was a dam with an 8-foot drop until it was, unfortunately, too late.
Tubing Safety Tips
Although some dangers exist, you can safely go tubing if you follow the tips below:
- Check water conditions. Water conditions can change from day to day.
- Always wear a personal flotation device. A strong current can overcome even experienced swimmers.
- Hydrate well. Most tubing outings are under direct sunlight for extended periods. Pair this factor with wind, and dehydration can be occur.
- Protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Again, the sun will likely beat down on tubers. Sunscreen protects your skin. Wear a chafe-free rash guard, which features SPF 50 protection and stay cool fabric for even better protection.
- Use appropriate footwear. Closed-toe water shoes are the best option, particularly when entering and exiting the water.
- Go in groups. There is safety in numbers on the water. If one person falls into the water, others will notice and can help.
Specific Tips for Boat Tubing
- Secure the tow line. At this time, it should also be checked to make sure it’s not damaged.
- Use a spotter. The driver of the boat cannot drive the boat and keep a watchful eye on the riders. A designated spotter can watch for accidents and, if needed, notify the driver.
- Use caution when crossing wakes.
- Operate the boat responsibly.
DryFins Can Make Your Tubing Trip Even Better
The Dry Guys about more than quality, chafe-free swimwear—we also have a deep love for the outdoors and keeping safe while enjoying them.
We’re also one of the few brands that offer a full line of compression swimwear so that your time on the water is protected by the numerous benefits of compression. You can even pair a set of swim trunks with a compression liner with a visor to keep the sun off your face as you laze in the river to ensure you have a great time on your next tubing trip.