Originally Posted by h20ski
now I;m wondering about having the tether on the back- God forbid they go over the side, even for a moment, the tether on the back might keep them face down? (but then again the tether is really meant to keep them on the boat and should be short enhough that they can't go over the side??)
Three reasons for having the tether on the back...
First, if it is long enough for them to be in the water... it will help prevent them from drowning if they are towed by the boat. If the tether were attached in the front, the water would be forced up into their face... if attached in the back, they are towed face up, backwards behind the boat, and their bow wave just soaks their hair—doesn't go up in to their face and down their throat.
Second, it is far less likely for them to tamper with it if it is behind them. Kids tend to fiddle with what they can see, and I'd rather have them not fiddling with what might save their life.
Third, it is far more comfortable to be hoisted up aboard the boat via a harness attached at the back than the front if you're a little kid. The spine doesn't like bending backwards...