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Safety Tips for Boaters with Children

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There’s nothing quite like seeing the excitement on a child’s face at the sight of a boat and spending quality time with your kids on the water really makes for some special memories.

Onboard safety is something that you should be instilling in your kids right from the start but even so, kids will be kids, which is why some extra safety measures aren’t a bad idea.

Top 5 safety tips to apply with kids on board

  1. Give a safety orientation

Before you head out on the water, it’s a great idea to spend some time going over safety measures.

Chat to your kids about the importance of wearing their personal floatation devices, what proper weight distribution is all about and where to find the “kill switch” in the event of an emergency.

  1. Protect them from the elements

Mother Nature takes no prisoners and the sun’s UV rays are not something you want to mess around with.

Make sure that you have a sunscreen with the highest SPF possible on the boat at all times and make sure that everyone is thoroughly protected before heading out. If you have toddlers or very young children, choose a sunscreen that doesn’t contain hormone disruptors such as retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone.

Broad-brimmed hats and windbreakers will also help protect your little ones from the scorching rays of the sun.

Remember that winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be as concerned about the effects of the sun. It’s important to protect yourself and your family all year around.

  1. Everyone needs a PFD (Personal Floatation Devices)

PFDs shouldn’t only be on your boat because the law requires it; they’re also one of the most important safety measures on your vessel, especially when you have children on board.

Make sure that each PFD fits the wearer correctly or it won’t be of much use in an emergency situation.

It is recommended by the Coast Guard that young children use a Type III USCG-approved PFD model, with the Type II design being best suited to infants.  

If you’re worried about space, know that the best boat seats by UES Int have more than enough storage space to keep PFDs neatly tucked away.

  1. Prepare for motion sickness

Being seasick is not the most pleasant experiences, one that can be particularly hard on children. Fortunately, there is a wide range of highly-effective motion sickness remedies that can be purchased and stored on your boat in the event of such an emergency.

There are also a few natural remedies that you can try if you would prefer to stay away from over the counter meds. Lavender oil placed just beneath the nostrils can be very effective for motion sickness.

Wearing sea bands that use acupressure to combat motion sickness can also be used.

  1. Know how to have fun safely

Whatever activity your children will be engaging in on board, make sure that you take the necessary precautions for them to have fun safely.

You can even start explaining your safety precautions to them before you even get on the boat so that you can head out on the water as soon as you board.

Your kids are always going to be your most precious cargo so never skimp on onboard safety.