Wakeboarding & Tubing FAQ

Wakeboarding & Tubing FAQ

We get a lot of questions about wake excursions: How do they work? Can young kids wakeboard or tube? Do parents have to be on board? The following are some answers to those questions and more.

Who can come out? - Our wakeboarding activities are truly perfect for all ages and experience levels. We have a range of lifejackets on board that fit passengers of all sizes, from small kids to larger adults. Kids as young as 8 can learn to wakeboard, and your 7- and 6-year-olds can ride the tube with an older sibling or parent and build their comfort in the water.

Do I need to be there? - As long as the kids are old enough, no chaperone or parental presence is necessary. You can drop your kids off with us, take the morning or afternoon for yourself, and pick them up at the end of the lesson. We consider ourselves the most fun babysitters on Nantucket out there!

Does everyone have to ride? Do we have to wakeboard? - Not at all. We frequently have groups and families come out where some observe from the boat while others charge through the water. (We will try our best to tempt you to try though!) Our goal is to make our clients happy doing what they want to do. If you want to skip wakeboarding entirely and go tubing for three hours, we’ll have the tube pumped up when you arrive! Simply let us know what activities your group is looking to do, and we will make it happen.

What if I have a larger group? - We can fit up to six passengers on our boat at once under USCG guidelines. When we have larger groups, we will split the group leaving half the group on the beach and then swap out halfway through the outing to let the second half get a turn. Depending on scheduling, we also have the option to extend to give people more time on the board.

What if my kids have never wakeboarded? - Our specialty is teaching people how to get up for the first time and confidently say they know how to wakeboard for the rest of their lives. While an outing with us is sure to be fun, it provides lifelong skills and confidence.

What kind of boats do you operate? - We run 18 foot Boston Whalers that are perfect for learning and riding behind. At this time, we do not have a wake boat with a tower that throws a 3 foot wake. If you are an advanced wakeboarder, we recommend hydrofoil lessons as it is a skill you transfer to when you ride behind larger boats.

We consider a wake excursion with NLW to be a great and memorable way for your family to get out on the water and see a different side of your vacation spot. The waters in which we operate are our home, and we'd love to give you a VIP guided tour. Plus, unlike a sailing or boat tours, we'll be sure to wear out any of those active kids of yours, making sure they sleep like a rock after!

  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Strapless Surfboard
  • Hydrofoil
  • Water Ski

If your group is larger than six, we have found the best way to ensure everyone has the best experience is to split the group up. We can run shuttle trips to bring everyone to a beach and then take turns rotating riders and people on the boat. If you have a large group and prefer not to split time, we also have two other boats that could be booked in tandem as well!

Yes! Your excursion is completely custom. Once on the boat, please notify your coach what you would like to do and if any preferences of where to go. Based on the current conditions, our staff will work with you to come up with a safe plan to make sure everyone has an epic time on the water!

  • Water
  • Snack (i.e. granola bar, apple)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Appropriate Waterwear for the Day (i.e. sunshirt, wetsuit, wetsuit top) If you don't have one, no worries. Please tell your instructor when they reach out prior to your lesson that you’d like to borrow one
  • A bag or backpack for valuables
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