The usual boating list…
Sun screen that is appropriate for your child’s age; Paba and Deet Free for infants 6 months-1year old. Reapply every 2 hours. Children <6 months of age should not wear sunscreen, but instead wear protective clothing and be kept in the shade. All children should wear eye protection. Avoid the times 10am-4pm when the UV rays are the strongest.
Shaded area on the boat for children…an umbrella can work!
Water People!!! It is imperative to stay hydrated while you are subjected to sun and salt.
Snacks that cool your kids…think watermelon, grapes, anything that holds water!
The stuff you may not know…
- PFD (personal floatation device)
Every person on board under the age of 6 must wear an approved Type I, II or III PFD while the vessel is moving.
***It is strongly suggested that any child that cannot swim wear a vest for the entirety of your time on the water!
Water Sports: Every person skiing or aquaplaning must wear an approved PFD. Inflatable PFDs are prohibited. ***No swim ‘wings’
- Fire Extinguisher
One approved fire extinguisher is required for all recreational motorboats. The fire extinguisher must be US Coast Guard approved and must be in serviceable condition.
- Visual Distress Signal
Required on the high sea and coastal waters only. (That’s US!…The Gulf of Mexico and the Bay). Must carry visual distress signal for both day and nighttime use.
- Sound-producing Device (bell, horn, whistle, etc.)
- Vessel Lighting
Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc). This is Florida people always plan for rain!
What not to do…
Never hang your feet off the front of a moving vessel
Never exit the vessel while the motor is running
Never jump off boat near propeller (even if not moving) or near the anchor
Never overload a boat - know the boat’s capacity
***Remember to follow all posted waterway signs and keep it in between the navigational beacons!