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Whether your children are starting to get serious about boating or are just along for the ride, here are a few tips to keep them safe.
Top Safety Tips
- Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats or around open bodies of water or participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly.
- Enroll older kids in a boating safety course. Better yet, enroll with them.
- Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
- Let your teen operate a boat only in a supervised setting and in adherence to laws in your area. Laws regarding the operation of a boat or watercraft vary from community to community.