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Taking Kids on a Yacht? Things to Remember

Sailing is a great hobby, and taking your children on a yacht to experience what it's like out at sea can be an experience they'll never forget. However, when introducing your children to yachting and sailing, here are some things to remember...

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Safety first

It goes without saying that you should always put the safety of your children first. Even if you think they'll be fine and they will be sensible on the yacht, you can never be too careful. Ensure that they all have life jackets which fit properly and make them aware that they need to be wearing their life jackets at all times while on board the yacht.


Talk to them beforehand

Lots of young children will think that going on a yacht is just a lot of fun, which it certainly can be! However, you do need to make them aware of the dos and don'ts when on a yacht. Tell them that they cannot mess around on the yacht, they cannot touch things without asking first and they need to make sure they stay safe at all times. Let them know that they have nothing to be worried about but that the water is very deep and you don't want any accidents to happen.


Make sure the yacht is equipped properly

If you're going to take very young children and toddlers onto the yacht, you can purchase equipment such as child netting which goes around the railings to stop young ones going through the gaps and into the water. This is a very useful thing to have and will certainly give you peace of mind while your children are on the water.