Want a fun way to enjoy the water and view the passing landscape? Try water tubing, it is an aqua sports that gives you an adrenalin rush as you coast on top a boat tube! Dubbed as “donuts” or “biscuits” because of their shape, they are made of strong and durable synthetic rubber or PVC plastic. Though some may have some variation in their construction, they are basically made of the same material. Provided that the water levels are safe and the current has a consistent flow, this watersports activity can be enjoyed by enthusiastic riders either free flowing or towed.
When you free flow, it means you are seating on the middle of your tube using your webbed gloved hands as paddles as you coast along a waterway’s current. You can enjoy the passing scenery, the splash of the water, and the occasional bumps when your tube runs into rocks or floating debris. Oh, what an adventure not to be missed!
Although most have a protective fabric to cover its bottom and inner diameter, there are seating areas that are inserted with a wooden panel to prevent pointed objects from poking into the tube and hurting its rider in shallow water areas. There are pockets in the cover that can be used as a container to store personal items or as trash bag.
Towed water tubing is being pulled across a large body of water by a high powered motor boat. Several towables can be pulled along by the watercraft through ropes secured to the towable tubes’ anchor point. The plastic or rubber towables are covered with sleeves to prevent it from being stretched while pulled. Handles can be found in the sleeves to enable riders to take a strong grip while skim through the water at a fast rate.
Boat towables are a watersport activity that is extremely enjoyable and pleasurable. To prevent injury, all water tubing enthusiasts are to observe safety precautions while tubing. Life vests, safety shoes and helmets should be worn during the activity. Free flowing riders are strongly advised not to tie anything to their tube because they might get entangled and lead to the possibility of being drowned.
To address the increasing enthusiasm of water tubers, some water resorts created manmade, circular rivers where guests can enjoy another kind of water adventure.