Our own kids started boating with us from a very young age, and in fact we took them on our pontoon boat as soon as they were babies.
From day one we wanted to make sure that not only were they safe due to us knowing our own parental duties towards boat safety, but also that they started to learn as soon as possible themselves.
As the skipper, parent, grandparent, or guardian of children it’s your responsibility to make sure that the children and toddlers know what to do in the case of an emergency, as well understanding boat safety basics.
It is of paramount importance and we’ve managed to instil a sense of safety and responsibility in them which we hope will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
How did we do that?
The main way we did it was simply by them seeing how we act and behave on our boat, and leading by example.
But we also developed our own child boat safety briefing and plan.
On every single boat trip, we go through this safety briefing, with no exceptions.
And yes, our kids do get bored of it sometimes, just like us adults do when the flight attendants talk us through safety at the beginning of a flight.
However, if you can get these procedures in their mind from as young an age as possible, chances are that one day it could save a life.
This is our child boat safety briefing plan we developed. Yours might be different and you might want to adapt and change, but we hope it serves you well for your boating trips.
Child Boat Safety Briefing Plan Example
Even if your own kids are entirely comfortable with safety, you should always go through this briefing at the start of every trip.
There will also be occasions when you have other child passengers onboard, and it could be their first ever time on a boat.
Never be tempted to get underway as soon as everyone is on board. The weather and conditions might be ideal, but there’s no excuse to skip safety procedures.
Before I get into every single detail, we have an easy to remember