Happy Child On Boat

TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE BOATING MORE FUN FOR KIDS

Taking your kids to the water requires supreme supervision and effort to make their boating experience more enjoyable. While you might be looking forward to a day of fishing, it is important to consider how you will keep your kids occupied if you are bringing the family along. I was caught out at first, wholly focused on my fishing and found that I had forgotten how to keep my children entertained. Always set the ground rules for the boating trip.

Here are some tips to help.

FISHING

If you are going on a fishing trip, getting your kids involved in fishing is a fun activity that they can experience too. This will take some time away from your fishing but sooner your kids get better at fishing, the more time you will have to yourself.

HEAD TO THE BEACH FOR LUNCH

Plan your itinerary, so they can have something to look forward to. Well-fed kids behave much better. The middle of the day is a time when most anglers take a break from fishing and so this period of time is a good opportunity to stop and have lunch off the boat.

INVITE THEIR FRIENDS

Kids enjoy the company of their friends. Allowing them to invite a friend or two will increase their enjoyment on the boat.

DELICIOUS SNACKS

When you’re with kids, make sure to load your boat with plenty of snacks. Granola bars, pretzels, dried fruit and other snacks aren’t messy and they are a great way to keep kids happy and occupied.

PLAY SOME MUSIC

If your boat has a stereo, let your kids choose the music for a while. Their favourite music will keep them occupied.

GIVE A SPECIAL TREAT

Extreme supervision is needed when giving your children a chance at feeling as if they are driving your boat. This is a special treat that they should understand that you need something in return for.

Boating can be lots of fun but children can easily cause trouble and distract you from safety procedures. While I have talked about ways to keep kids entertained, their safety trumps their enjoyment at any time.

 


 

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.