If you are going on a sailing trip with your family, follow these 5 useful tips for a safe and fun time with your kids.
Here at Power Marine Yachting, we always ensure to take the essential safety measurements for all our guests. However, it is always important to be prepared before any trip, especially if you are travelling with kids.
Generally, kids can get easily bored and need to be entertained. That’s why you need to take plenty of things that make your kid busy. Furthermore, kids tend to be, and they would probably want to explore the boat.
However, they can even get reckless, so you need to implement some safety features for your kid to safely examine the yacht.
Here are our top 5 tips for sailing with kids:
1. Talk to your kids before climbing onboard
Just like in your home, it is a good idea to implement some rules. That’s how kids can understand that there are some things they are allowed to do and others that they can’t. We suggest sitting your kids down and going with them through some basic rules.
For example, no leaning overboard or while sailing, the kids must be sitting down unless you tell them otherwise. You will probably know more than us. So, depending on what you find more important, create some ground rules before setting sail.
2. Ask for small life vests
It doesn’t matter if your kid can or cannot swim. The idea of having life vests their size on board is for you to be sure they’re safe if an emergency occurs. Ask for vests, and we will make sure they are waiting for you on the boat. It is advised for your kids to always wear a vest while onboard.
3. Don’t forget your sunscreen
Kids’ skin is much gentler than the skin of adults, so they tend to burn up more quickly. Especially when sailing in the hot temperatures of Greece. So, take a lot of sunscreen with a high SPF factor and make sure you’re applying it to your kids every now and then. Sunburns tend to be pretty annoying and uncomfortable, so you’d simply want to avoid that from happening altogether.
4. Play area
It is a good idea for a child to have a play area. And the best play area for a kid onboard is the indoor table or their room. There they will have enough room for coloring, playing, watching cartoons, and doing whatever they like and want to do.
5. Fun games and activities
Since little kids’ attention does not last very long, try to keep them interested in what’s happening around them. Explain to them the equipment on the deck, speak with them as you sail, comment on other boats and the scenery around you and try to make the sailing trip as enjoyable to them as possible.