Safety, safety, safety. That is the number one rule in
boating with children. Children push the envelope of the unexpected. If
it can physically happen, a child will find a way to do it. You probably
won't expect your child to reach over the boat to get the coke can he
dropped - OR to turn the key of the boat to see what might happen. But
he will. So expect the unexpected - and then go beyond that.
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Here are some tips to help you keep yourself and your
children safe while boating:
All children must be sitting while the boat is in motion.
Everyone on the boat, including you, must be wearing a personal floatation
Show your children where the safety equipment, such as the radio,
first aid kit and flares. Teach them how to safely use this equipment,
keeping it appropriate to their ages.
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks on your outing, plus a gallon of
water for each person on the boat.