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Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Before They Step Onto a Boat

Boat Wise Mentor and Captain Tristian High Fiving a Family


Taking your kids on a boat is a wonderful way to create lasting memories. However, prioritizing their safety is crucial before embarking on any adventure. Today’s article will delve into everything you need to know, providing simple tips to ensure your children’s safety on the water. The simple tips are as follows:

  1. Get the right life jackets that fit snugly. They are essential for kids’ safety on the water.
  2. Teach your kids open water swimming, even if they are good swimmers. Experience can boost their confidence on the boat.
  3. Establish rules before heading out: no running, playing with the steering wheel, and always wear a life jacket.
  4. Check the forecast before boating. Stay home if bad weather is expected and wait for safer conditions.
  5. Be ready for emergencies with a first-aid kit, flares, and a radio on board.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your kids have a safe and enjoyable time on your boat.

Some additional tips you might consider:

Once you’re out there, there are a few things worth considering:

  1. Keep a watchful eye on your kids at all times,
  2. Don’t let them drink alcohol or use drugs while on the boat,
  3. Ensure they know how to use the boat’s safety equipment,
  4. Teach them about the dangers of swimming in open water,
  5. Be aware of the local laws and regulations governing boating safety,
  6. Don’t forget simple things like a hat, sunscreen and water for keeping hydrated and avoiding burns.

Things outside of a kid’s control:

Not everything is solely dependent on your child’s decision-making. As a parent, there are certain responsibilities that you must take care of. Here are three crucial steps to ensure their safety on the water:

  1. Not all boats are the same. Select a stable boat with ample safety features for your children.
  2. Enrol in available boating safety courses to learn the basics of boating safety together with your kids. We at Boat Wise have the qualifications and skills to guide you. Learn more about it here.
  3. The more you boat, the more comfortable you will be and therefore, your children will become, on the water. Start practicing and gain confidence together.

With these tips, prepare to have fun!

With these simple tips and precautions, you are well-equipped to ensure your children’s safety on the water. By prioritizing life jackets, teaching swimming skills, setting ground rules, staying weather-aware, being prepared for emergencies, and following additional safety measures, you can create a secure environment for your kids to enjoy boating adventures. Remember, as a responsible parent, your efforts pave the way for unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. So, prepare to have fun and embark on exciting journeys with your children, knowing that their safety is safeguarded every step of the way.