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Kids and Boats: Preparing children for boating this Christmas Holidays

Follow are a few tips on preparing children before and during a boating adventure this Christmas holiday season.

If you take your children boating, teach them emergency procedures, it will improve their confidence and your peace of mind.

Children under the age of 12 years must wear lifejackets in the following circumstances:

  • At all times when in a vessel less than 4.8m in length.
  • When in an open area of a vessel 4.8m to 8m in length that is underway.

Make sure that the lifejackets are well fitting.

We recommend that children should be encouraged to wear an appropriate lifejacket at all times, especially when in open areas of a boat where it is possible to fall directly overboard.

Teach them to swim and practise emergency positions like HELP and Huddle.

Teach them to stay with a capsized boat or an easily seen floating object, making them easier to be seen by rescuers.

Show them around the boat and where all emergency items are located. If they are old enough to understand, show them how to use equipment such as radios, EPIRBs and flares, stressing the importance of not using them unless real trouble exists and the penalties that exist for misuse.

Teach them about stability and loading the boat, how to get in and out of dinghies and small boats.
Stop children from having any part of their body out of the boat when it is underway. It’s illegal and penalties apply.

Teach them the rules about keeping a good lookout, avoiding collisions and reducing wash.

Children under the age of 18 must not be aboard any vessel travelling at 60 knots or more unless approved under an aquatic licence.

The team at North Coast Boating wants everyone to enjoy the pleasure that boating and Jetski activities bring. Looking back to when we were young many happy memories with dad and mum are boating related. Being safe will help make those memories come true.

Feel free to call us if you have any question about your safety gear and especially if you are needing to fit children into a life jacket.

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