Going on a boat with kids on holiday can be a thrilling and memorable experience. However, it is also essential to prioritise safety to ensure everyone on board has a good time. Boats can present unique hazards for children, but with a few simple steps, you can create a safe vacation and enjoyable environment on the boat.
Here are some tips for creating a safe holiday for kids and charter a superyacht:
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- Start with a thorough safety briefing
Before setting out on your adventure, ensuring that everyone on board understands the safety rules is essential. A thorough safety briefing can help set expectations and ensure everyone is aware of what to do in an emergency. Some of the essential safety rules to cover include how to use life jackets, move around the boat safely, and handle emergencies.
- Invest in proper safety equipment
Investing in the proper equipment is one of the most crucial aspects of boating safety. This includes life jackets, which are essential for children who need to be stronger swimmers. Make sure that each child has a properly fitted life jacket and that they wear it at all times while on board. Other essential safety equipment includes fire extinguishers, flares, and a first-aid kit.
- Teach kids how to swim
It is a good idea to teach kids how to swim before going on a boating holiday. While wearing a life jacket is essential, knowing how to swim can give children an extra level of confidence and help them feel more comfortable while on the boat. Consider enrolling your child in swimming lessons before your trip.
- Stay within your comfort zone
When planning your boating holiday, it is essential to stay within your comfort zone. This means choosing a boat and destination that you feel comfortable with and that suits the needs of your family. If you are new to boating, consider taking a boating safety course or hiring a licensed captain to help you navigate the waters.
- Keep a close eye on children
Children can be unpredictable, and it is essential to keep a close eye on them while on a boat. Make sure that children are supervised at all times and that they are aware of the safety rules. It is also a good idea to designate a specific area of the boat as a “kid zone” where children can play safely.
- Avoid alcohol
Boating and alcohol do not mix. Alcohol can impair judgment and slow reaction times, which can be dangerous on a boat. It is essential to avoid alcohol while boating and to designate a responsible adult to be the designated driver. Both myself and husband do not get drunk, together, when we are on a boating holiday, anything can happen and so we want to ensure it’s a safe vacation.
- Check the weather
Before setting out on your boating adventure, it is important to check the weather forecast. Inclement weather can make boating hazardous, and it is essential to avoid going out in rough conditions. Keep an eye on the weather throughout your trip and be prepared to adjust your plans if necessary.
- Take breaks
Boating can be tiring, especially for children. It is important to take regular breaks to rest and rehydrate. Make sure that children have plenty of water and snacks on board to keep them energized and comfortable.
- Be prepared for emergencies
Even with the best planning, emergencies can happen. It is essential to be prepared for emergencies by having a plan in place and the necessary equipment on board. Make sure that everyone on board knows what to do in case of an emergency and that you have a way to call for help if needed.
Some great ways of keeping the kids happy and having a safe vacation with your family this season. Lots of great ideas, we love being out on the water it is always a fun holiday.
ashleighMarch 13, 2023
Lots of great tips!
Siobhan NMarch 14, 2023
Whane I was a child we used to go on a canal boat holiday every couple of years and they were so much fun!
Margaret GallagherMarch 16, 2023
Teaching the kids to swim is priority
Swimming lessons can be expensive but worth when on holidays