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Wakeboarding & Tubing 101

Wakeboarding & Tubing FAQ


We get a lot of questions about wake excursions: how they work works, if it’s right for young kids, 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 the whole family. 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. Your 7 and 6-year-olds can ride on our tube with an older sibling or parent and build their comfort in the water.

Do I need to be there? - No chaperone or parental presence is necessary. 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? - Not at all. We frequently have families come out where the grandpareents or parents observe and the kids charge through the water. We will try our best to tempt you to try though!

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 simply split the group leaving half the group on the beach and then swap out half way 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. An outing with us is more than just an afternoon of 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 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 learning to hydrofoil with us as it is a skill you can take with you behind larger boats as well.

Do we have to wakeboard? - Absolutely not. 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.


We consider a wake excursion with NLW to be the most fun 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. Unlike a sailing or boat tours where your active kids may be sitting around getting antsy, we’ll wear them out so they sleep like a rock after!


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

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!


We run the boat wherever the best conditions for the day are. We don't have a set


  • 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 to keep your valuables in.