We adults know that the feeling of a relaxing sailing vacation is hard to forget. However, children may actually find it even more fun! Children of all ages feel usually right at home aboard a sailing yacht. It is often during childhood an interest for sailing is sparked. We have compiled some important tips and suggestions to think about when sailing with children.
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Children are normally very resistant to seasickness. However, should anyone succumb to seasickness, the best advice is to stay above deck. Keep your eyes on the horizon look forward rather than to the sides. Remember that hungry children are more likely to feel ill on the sea. Keeping a sandwich or thermos with soup ready can be a great idea. Try and avoid carbonated beverages such as soda, as it can actually makes the seasickness worse.
When planning your sailing route, choose a flexible route that can be changed. Have a couple alternative ideas ready in case of bad weather. Remember that not being able to sail doesn’t have to mean that the day is lost. A day of sunbathing and lazy snorkeling behind the yacht can be the perfect vacation even when motoring along. Generally speaking, try and plan for shorter distances to sail and more time at bay.
Babybeds and Child Seat Attachment
It is usually possible to hand a babybed from the roof of the cabins. This lets a baby sleep in peace, swaying harmoniously in the waves. It is also possible to mount a child car seat in the cockpick. This lets the youngest children take part in sailing in a safe way. When children have become a little older, they tend to want to explore the boat on their own hand. Make sure they wear a lifejacket and/or harness connected to declines. If you have a little older children, try to give them some simple yet interested tasks to keep them interested. For example, let them have a look at the sea charts and suggest a sailing route. Children also make a great look out up at the bow. However, remember to keep a watchful eye out and always double check their work!
If everyone on board wears a lifejacket, it becomes natural for children to wear them as well. For that reason, we suggest that everyone on board wear a lifejacket. It is an important habit to instill on children. Small children and anyone who want swim should wear a lifejacket that turns them face-up in the water. Small children should also not wear inflatable lifejackets. Once inside the yacht, children can usually be without a lifejacket if the sailing conditions are good. Don’t forget that a lifejacket should still be worn on land close to water and on docks! Taking a swim with your lifejacket at the beginning of a trip is a great way to feel comfortable with your lifejacket. If you need lifejackets for children, just let us know when you book. We’ll make sure there are lifejackets in the correct sizes on your yacht.
Two children play better than one! Don’t hesitate to bring along a friend if the child doesn’t have any siblings. Try and avoid long passages over open sea, as children can find it boring. However, plenty of things onboard can become a fun toy. Only your imagination sets the limits! A fender or line can make a great toy. Teach the children some knots and have them practice under your supervision. Remember to bring along their favorite books and maybe even some school work. A long days sailing can often be a perfect time to get some homework done. Remember, safety first! For example, make sure they know how to operate the dingy safely before letting them use it. What do you do if the out boarder stops working after they’ve left the yacht?
If you have any experiences of your own, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll update this page to help more people realize how rewarding a sailing experience with children can be!