Sailing with kids is both fun, exciting and rewarding. You children will never forget the time spent with you out on the sea and most probably will develop a deep love for sailing. Involve your kids completely, and plan for activities afloat and ashore. Involve your kids in on board activities so they never get bored and get all the fun and diversity they need for an unforgettable trip.
The most important thing is to be prepared for all possible situations that could go wrong. As the one being responsible for the little ones, you should always anticipate possible stressful situations and keep in mind to stay calm and handle every situation with confidence. Talk with your kids so they’ll know what to expect regarding what they can and cannot do while on board, safety, what to expect from the trip... Ask yourself some of these questions: Do i know where I have all the life jackets stored? What do I do if a child falls overboard? Do I know how to properly inflate the dinghy? Have I given precise roles and duties to all my crew members?etc. It is of upper importance that before embarking on a trip with your kids, you can answer these questions with confidence.
Everyone on board should have a lifejacket and everyone should be informed and know at all times where the lifejackets are stored. Small children (5-6 years old) and non-swimmers should wear fastenable vests. Always check with your agent/fleet operator if they provide life jackets for small children because many chartered boats do not have them on board or they will not be the right size for your kid. We recommend you bring your own lifejackets for your child and make sure they wear them at all times, even when off shore! Kids should have the same sailing gear as the adults on board. This includes non-slip shoes, sailing gloves, hat, sunglasses, sun protective clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Food and drink are important aspects of any yacht charter. Be sure to include plenty of nutritious foods your kids will love because sailing as much fun as it is, it is a journey packed with activity and we all know how fresh air and activity can make one very hungry! Remember to pack saltines for possible occasional motion sickness or tummy-aches.