Next Generation boaters

Creating Memories that Develop a Lifelong Love of Boating for Your Kids

Many people in the boating industry like to say “Start them young!” because they know that the best way to develop lifelong boaters is to get them hooked on the boating lifestyle as a kid.

Those moments that your kids will remember for a lifetime are most likely happening on your boat. Going for a cruise, casting a line, relaxing at the lake… these are the moments that your kids will treasure as lifelong memories with their family. These are the moments that contribute to a lifelong love of boating.

Our kids were summer babies and each had the opportunity to start boating at only a few weeks old… so I can honestly say that we started them young and that they were practically “Raised on the Water”.

In my recent article in Lakeland Boating magazine entitled “Raised on the Water: Inspiring the Next Generation of Boaters” I shared more on why I feel the early years of boating are so important for our kids to develop a life-long love of boating.

Here are three essential ways you can inspire your kids to develop a love of boating:

baby boat toysGet Kids Hooked Young

Some people worry about having a baby on a boat. In reality, there is no reason why you can’t bring your baby on board… and many reasons why you should!

The fresh air and peaceful sounds of nature had a calming effect on our kids as babies. In fact, our second daughter was such a colicky infant that when we escaped to the boat on the weekends the gentle rocking on the water soothed her discomfort like nothing else.

Getting them hooked on the lifestyle as a baby or young child will also ensure that they are raised to love and respect the water.

Grow their Love of Boating

Get your kids involved in every aspect of boating to continue to grow their love of the boating lifestyle. Teach them new skills, take them on new adventures and help them discover new ways to appreciate life on the water.

Create Family Memories

Boating with kids is all about creating a strong bond and memories together as a family. Busy families are always looking for ways to connect more… to unplug, slow things down and share those special moments together as a family. And that’s one of the reasons why our boat has become such an important part of our lives.

You can read more about each of these ways to inspire boat kids in the full original article (opens PDF) from Lakeland Boating Magazine.

Lakeland boatingCruising with Kids Column in Lakeland Boating Magazine

As a boater with two boat kids I am thrilled to sharing my experiences in a summer column for a regional boating lifestyle magazine in the Great Lakes region called Lakeland Boating. My new column will run the months of May, June and July in 2016. Be sure to check out my recaps of these columns as they publish, along with links to the full PDFs.

2017 Articles:

May 2017: Gear up for Safety: Choosing the Right Life Jackets for your Kids

June 2017: Fun in the Sun: Protect Your Kids from Harmful Summer Rays

July 2017: Baby on Board: Boating with the Newest Addition to Your Crew

2016 Articles:

May 2016: Spring Prep for Kids: Get your kids ready for the best boating season ever

June 2016: Summer Fun Bucket List: 10 Must-Do Activities for your Boat-Loving Kids

July 2016: Raised on the Water: Inspiring the next generation of boaters

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Diane Seltzer

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Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site Active in the boating industry, Diane is the marketing director for SureShade, maker of patented retractable boat shade systems, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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