Creating fresh and memorable experiences for your children as they grow is a priority for most parents. And for your kids, there’s nothing more fun and adventurous than a day at sea. Being a part of your boating rituals and enjoying the sun, sights and fishing can captivate young minds, making a family boating trip an absolute must on your to do list.
Your first visit
First impressions are big with the little ones, and they are not likely to forget it soon either. So make sure you plan your first day at sea well. Pick calm waters on a warm day, and find a good fishing spot to ensure they are not dejected with an empty fishing hook.
If your child finds his first trip to be a frightening experience or a boring one, odds are that boating is not likely to pique his interest again.
Keeping a child occupied onboard
While safety takes precedence with your child onboard, keeping him out of all things exciting in a bid to get him to settle down before you set sail is not a good idea. Before you cast off, take the child around the boat and explain all the procedures to him, encouraging him to participate under your cautious guidance.
Give your child the gift of your time
Work pressures and a harried lifestyle may leave you with little time to spend with your children during your working days. Boating is an excellent way to de-stress and enjoy your family’s company far away from the anxiety and demands of your job.
Planning family boating trips when your children are young and need your attention is a great way to spend more time with them as well.
Boating improves quality of life
Be it the fresh sea air or the exercise, boating improves your lifestyle by keeping you active. The same goes for your kids too.
Most children prefer the refuge of their home, watching TV or playing video games, making their lifestyle sedentary. Boating gets them out in the open and excited about their big adventure which improves their general well being too.
Boating memberships are abundant or you can rent the perfect boat for your family at affordable rates too. This engaging trip is probably the best way to get your child to see the world from a different platform and boost his confidence.
David Hammel is freelance writer, professional blogger and an avid boater. He is from the Napanee area and enjoys blogging for Atkins & Hoyle about his boating knowledge and experiences.