This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Discover Boating for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
We love to go boating! That is an understatement. We go boating every single weekend and many times we even go during the week. These 5 lessons to teach you kids before they go boating are so important.
1. Introduce your child to a lifejacket and then teach them that this is the law. They are never to get on a boat without one. Do not ever let the think that they have the option of not wearing one. If you let them get away with it once, they will push you every time. It is just like putting on your shoes before you go to run errands. It is a habit and you know that you need to do it.
2. Teach them about the boat. I actually let the kids look around a website called Discover Boating. We do this because they can look at the different boats, figure out how many people are safe to hold on a boat, use the Boat Selector to see if we are using the right boat, etc… All of these things just help to educate them. (My wife is a teacher and if I have learned nothing else from her, it is that ALL opportunities are good for teaching your kids.)
After we have looked around the website, we look around the dock, at the different boats and jet skis, before going out. (we might fit in a fishing session, too)
3. Don’t swim by the boat. I want to tell you this because I heard a horror story of a teenager swimming by the boat when it was in idle. Just teach your kids to stay far enough away from the boat so that even if it were to be turned on by someone, they would be safe. If you swim near the boat and the motor is turned on and the water is being pulled in, chances of you being pulled near it are great. Teach the kids to stay out from the boat until it is turned off. (Engine shut down).
4. When you jump in, jump away and to the side of the boat. Do not jump right off of the back, for the same reason as #3. You need to be sure that you are clear of the engine. We teach our kids to jump off the back corner of the boat, or to jump as far as they can.
5. Now for the most important one… HAVE FUN! If nothing else, just take the time toGet on the Water. Rent a boat or buy a boat… but get out there an enjoy it!