Boating Safety Tips for Kids
Boating is a great way to teach kids of all ages about responsibility and safety all while having fun. Below are some things to know ahead of time before booking your next trip and bringing your child onboard.
- Always have your child wear a life jacket. It’s important that the life jacket is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and that it’s an age appropriate size. Babies should not be on boats until they reach the appropriate weight. Hold on to your baby instead of placing him or her in a car seat.
- Keep your child warm. Young children and infants are at a higher risk of hypothermia. Be sure to bring extra dry blankets and towels.
- Attach a safety whistle. Attach a safety whistle to your child’s life jacket. Show them when and how to use the whistle, and practice instances in when your child would need to use a safety whistle.
- Know CPR. It’s always good to have a parent/guardian that is CPR certified, not only is it an important certification to have (not just as a parent), but it will also give you peace of mind.
- Childproof. Develop some basic safety rules on the bus, or better yet, enroll the older children in a safety course.
- Teach your kids the difference between swimming pools and open waters. It’s important that children know the difference from choppy open waters and the water they’re used to in their backyard or community swimming pool. Set some ground rules about where they can and cannot swim and the dangers of being in deep water.
Images and Sources: SafeKids.org
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