Boating With Children

Boating With Children

When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, you’re probably looking for an excuse to get outside with the kids and breathe in the fresh air. What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than with a boat? You can make some unforgettable memories with family and friends out on the water. If you have children, this is an incredible way to expose them to new activities that will broaden their horizons. They’re going to love the feeling of soaring across the water, whether they’re sitting inside the boat or being towed behind it in an inner tube.

However, we can imagine that the thought of trying to wrangle a group of kids on the boat might be a bit daunting. Master Marine has created this helpful guide to help you prepare. If you have more questions or if you’d like to see our boats for sale in Seattle, WA, visit our dealership.

Set Ground Rules

The key to a successful boating trip with kids is to set some ground rules from the beginning. If this is the first time taking them out, they’ll need to learn basic safety rules. It’s much too tempting for children to run around the vessel and lean over the sides to peer down at the water. As you probably already know, this can be very dangerous and lead to injuries or someone falling overboard.

It’s crucial that all passengers are wearing life jackets before they board no matter how good of a swimmer they might be. This will keep everyone safe in case of an emergency. To avoid slipping and falling, children should be informed that running is not permitted on the boat.

There’s a major difference between teaching kids the rules and getting them to follow suit. One away to ensure they follow your ground rules is to explain the reason behind each of them. This will help them better grasp the information and why it’s so important.

Another strategy you can try is to explain the rules when you’re still back at home. This method tends to work because you have their undivided attention before they get distracted by all the excitement on the boat. Review the rules at home before each excursion to make sure they haven’t forgotten anything important.

Pack Essential Supplies

Remember to pack all of the essential gear and supplies before you depart. You’ll need those life jackets that we mentioned earlier. Each passenger will need one that fits well. When it comes to the children, there are a few things to look for in a vest. Head flotations will keep their heads above water. A crotch strap will prevent them from falling out of the vest. You’ll also want to look for life jackets that have self-righting features to keep them swimming in the correct direction. Test it out before you head out on the water to make sure it fits properly.

A great way to simplify your planning process is to assemble a kit that’s stocked with supplies and ready to go. This is especially helpful for boating trips with children because there’s bound to be a lot going on. Items you should have in the kit include bug repellent, sunscreen, snacks, ginger ale, motion sickness medications, saltine crackers, and so on. When the time comes to depart for your journey, everything will be ready to go and you’ll have one less thing to worry about!

Make it Fun

Finally, don’t forget to make it fun for the kids. After all, they tend to get bored much more easily than adults do. They’re always looking for continuous entertainment, especially when they’re still pretty young and have shorter attention spans.

You shouldn’t expect a boating trip with children to be a quiet or leisurely experience. It’s a good idea to be proactive and plan fun activities in advance. Some ideas include board games, charades, art projects, and so forth. Allow them to participate in creating the playlist for the day so they feel included. You can even give them tasks to do around the craft to make them feel extra special. A bit of planning can go a long way.

We hope our guide has come in handy as your gear up for your adventure with the youngsters! If you’re still shopping around for the perfect vessel, we’re here to help. Stop by Master Marine in Seattle, WA, to browse our selection of boats for sale. We’re also proud to serve those in Tacoma.