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Get your kids ready for the Best Boating Season Ever!

Each new boating season brings the promise of something special. Good times ahead. Anticipation of familiar experiences. Memories in the making. Boating season is FINALLY here and your kids are probably just as excited as you are (if not more) to get back on the water.

For our kids the anticipation of the start of a new boating season begins well before spring. The countdown to the first day back on the boat begins as early as February… and the “when do we get back on the boat?!” questions don’t stop until we are walking down the dock about to jump on board for the first time that season.

When it comes to spring prep, it’s quite a chore for us adults – cleaning, waxing, charging batteries, stocking cabin provisions – the list goes on and on. But for kids, the prep is all about getting ready for the fun times in the season ahead.

Here’s a recap of spring boat prep for kids from my recent “Cruising with Kids” column in Lakeland Boating Magazine entitled Spring Prep for Kids: Get your kids ready for the best boating season ever! (View full PDF of article)

Activity Planning with Kids

Now is the time to plan your summer trips and activities on the boat. What are the must-do boating trips of the summer? Who would you like to invite to the visit you at the boat? It is important to get your kids involved in the process so that they are invested in how you will spend your weekends on the boat.

Gearing Up

kids life jacket gearFor us, gearing up for boating season includes water safety (with swim lessons and life jackets) and sun safety (with new sun gear and supplies). We start in early spring with swim lessons so they are ready to go with fresh skills and water safety lessons as summer swimming gets underway at the boat. We also do a check of our life jacket supply. Do we have the right sizes as kids grow? Does a jacket need to be replaced due to wear and tear? Finally, we make sure that our sun gear is also ready to go with new sunwear and a generous supply of sunscreen.

Building Life Skills and Experiences

From developing an appreciation for the environment and outdoors to building practical skills, the life experiences you’ll create with your kids are priceless. Spring is a time to assess what new skills your child may be ready to take on at the boat to enhance their boating experience. The start of boating season is also a good time to reacquaint kids with boating basics like navigation and listening to the captain.

Your kids may not realize they are about to create life long memories with the family on the boat this summer… but they’ll surely thank you later.

Read the full original article from Lakeland Boating: Spring Prep for Kids – Get your kids ready for the best boating season ever

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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