Adventures with Andi: Kayaking Fun and Boating Safety

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat!

This summer my husband and I took Andi kayaking for the first time. We started on a lake and recently had our first adventure on the river! Andi did not love the first voyage (she especially disliked her life jacket), but after a few more trips and time to get used to the life jacket, Andi loved it! We pack a favorite snack, sing songs, and spy cute animals along the way.  Boating is a great way to spend the 4th of July with your family. Think safety first and plan a water adventure of your own!

Boating Safety Tips

  • According to the U.S. Coast Guard, babies should not travel on boats (including rowboats, kayaks, and motorboats) until they are the appropriate weight to wear a life jacket.
  • Children should ALWAYS wear life jackets approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats or near open bodies of water.
  • Water toys are fun, but do not rely on them for safety!
  • Develop and enforce basic boat rules and make sure everyone follows them.
  • Young kids are at higher risk for hypothermia, so make sure to take extra precautions to keep them warm. If your child is shivering, wrap him/her in a blanket or towel.
  • Teach children the difference between open water and the swimming pool. Make sure they are aware of uneven surfaces, river currents and the unpredictability of rivers, lakes and oceans.

Resource: safekids.org

Check out life jacket safety tips at:  http://www.todaysparent.com/kids/8-life-jacket-tips-that-can-save-your-childs-life/

Note: This resources provides great information from the Canadian Pediatric Society and  Canadian Safety Regulations – you can also refer to the American Red Cross or the U.S. Coast Guard for more information.

IMG_1837Andi kayaking with her Dad on Lake Meyer

 

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