Paddling With Kids - Safety First
Here's a simple list of things to help keep your kids safe on the water:
#1 - THE GOLDEN RULE
Wear your life jacket and leash at ALL TIMES. This is the most important rule. No matter how nice of a day it is or how much fun you are having, ALWAYS wear a life jacket and leash. The life jacket will make sure you stay afloat no matter what and the leash will make sure you stay attached to your board if/when you fall off. It is also best if everyone is a strong swimmer.
#2 - THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Never paddle alone and especially NEVER EVER EVER let your kids paddle alone...it's more fun paddling together anyway. Know your skill level and the skill level of everyone you are paddling with. If there are beginners in the group then stay conservative with how far you paddle. If you are the most experienced person in the group it is up to you to decided when and where to go and to look after the less experienced paddlers. Always paddle with a buddy.
#3 - WEATHER
"Know before you go" is something you should always say to yourself before you go for a paddle. Always check the weather first and never go if there is any chance of bad weather especially wind or lightning. Never paddle with kids in windy or choppy conditions, it is always best for kids to go out in calm flat water conditions in order for them to come away with a positive experience. Know before you go.
#4 - CLOTHING
Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing for the situation. For instance, here in Lake Tahoe even on a 90 degree day the water is still quite cold and some kids prefer to wear a wetsuit or water shoes to stay warm. Like wise, in warm water climates you may need to wear less clothing in order to stay cool and not overheat. Also, be sure to bring along sunscreen and water to stay hydrated and your high quality Waterkids kids paddle board.
#5 - PHONE
Always bring along a phone in a dry bag and make sure to let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Having a phone can be very helpful for a lot of situations...just don't check your email on it! They are great for any type of emergency and they are also good for taking pictures and videos to remember the fun...and of course the kid favorite, ordering pizza from the water.
Now that you have all the safety boxes checked just relax and have a great time with the ones you love. Make sure you allow yourself to let go from the 'real' world for a little while and just be in the moment with the people around you...your kids will appreciate it!
We hope you liked our safety tips for paddling with kids.
Now Go Have Fun And Be Safe!