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Fun and Safe Boating for Kids

Category: Blog Posted on February 1, 2021
fun and safe boating for kids

Sea Safe Boat School trains students to possess the finest boating skills while honing them into becoming accomplished skippers as well. We ensure that our students learn safe boating while having fun and being responsible for doing it. Our professional trainers with years of experience will make all these possible. Every time is a good time to teach your kids about boating safety, whether it may be the boating season or not; with Sea Safe Boat School, we’ll keep you SEAing the fun in boating.

Before learning how to do safe boating, here are some activities to be prepared for while you’re on the water and to help increase amusement with boating.

1. Learning for Betterment (for toddlers to teens depending on class category)

a. Swimming Classes – Letting your children take swimming classes makes them feel more comfortable and confident while they are on the water. Knowing that they know how to swim safely will help both the children and their parents feel calm while participating in water activities such as boating.
b. Safety Courses About Boating –According to Virgil Chambers, the executive director of the National Safe Boating Council; “One of the easiest ways of staying safe on the water is preparing beforehand.” You can check out the websites of local boating organizations such as Sea Safe Boat School for class schedules on safe boating courses to be able to gain knowledge about recreational boating fit for the varying ages of individuals who want to enrol.
c. First Aid – A first aid class for kids that are in middle school and beyond provides an essential overview of the whole range of safety protocols. It is also advisable that you enrol on a class with your child, to help them settle down and to set an example for them. By doing this, you also gain additional knowledge. Check out the Red Cross website for their class listings.

2. Fire! (for teens)

A small fire extinguisher can be purchased for a reasonable price and can be used as a teaching tool. Demonstrate to your children how the fire extinguisher is being used. Teach them how to aim and deploy the extinguisher. Allow your child to practice handling the device as well. This skill is also beneficial not just in boat emergencies but also for home emergencies.

3. Signalling Devices (for toddlers to teenagers depending on the equipment)

Children will surely have fun using whistles and electric horns in learning the five short one-second blasts used in signalling for help. Show your children how to use distress signals like orange flags for emergency situations. Earnest parents with teenage children usually avail of flair kits which also contains a white practice flare that is usually used to demonstrate how to safely deploy an aerial flare.

4. Communication Skills (For children in elementary to teenagers depending on the device)

Most of the children nowadays have a cell phone, save emergency numbers on their phones and put them on emergency dial, so they can easily call these numbers. Teaching your children about the basics of GPS is also very helpful since reading your current position is very informative in cases of emergencies. It is also applicable in numerous boating situations. Even though we have cell phones today, the phone’s reception is still iffy especially out on the water. Instruct your children on providing the necessary information to the coast guard and how to send out a Mayday distress call.

5. Shopping (for toddlers to teenagers)

The off-season is the best time to restock your safety gears. Purchase life jackets for the family. Ask your children to help you decide, they might want a specific life jacket with a design that they find attractive, while you are in the process set an example and purchase something you would want to wear as well.

To start experiencing these exciting boating classes, call Sea Safe Boat School – Perth Boat School now and let our cordial staff assist you in every way we can at 0418 923 004!  

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