Child Safety

Ever been out on a pirate ship? How about a naval command vessel, or been captain of a ship that is out on an expedition to uncharted lands? Chances are unless you served in the Navy, you haven’t been on any of these things. In a child’s eyes however, they can do all three in one day when they spend a day on the water. Even if their battle cruisers are just  10 foot long saltwater pontoon boats, they can be the size of a football field in their minds. While the fantasy may differ from child to child, the reality is the same. Even if they are gold winning Olympic swimmers in their mind, they are still young and it is up to you to make sure they play safely when out on the boat.

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Of course, safety is important for all ages, regardless of how old you are or how well you can swim. With children though, it is a little more essential due to the fact, not many children know their limits, and that children do have limits. What is a small wave to an adult can be a tidal wave to a child. What could be a quick swim for you, may be an impossible task for your son or daughter. So even if they do complain about it, make sure they follow these quick safety guides.

Discuss Safety: They say that knowing is half the battle, so before setting out for the open waters, discuss safety guidelines with your child or children.

Floatation Vests: Placing a brightly colored floatation vest on a child is a great way to ensure they don’t drown if they fall overboard, and will make them easy to spot quickly.

Don’t Let Them Swim Alone:  If you plan on letting your child leave the boat to go swimming, make sure the water is calm, and that an adult is in the water as well.

Observation: The best and simplest way to make sure your child remains safe is to keep an eye on them at all times. You don’t have to follow them like a hawk, just make sure they are somewhere in your range of vision and close enough to easily hear if they need help.

These rules can be applied to adults as well, but usually adults already understand these rules, (keyword usually). As long as you keep an eye on your kids, and make sure they are following these steps, you can let them have their adventures aboard the legendary Black Pearl, even when the pirate ship is really a quality pontoon boat from Fiesta Marine. If you don’t have your mighty vessel yet, you can visit fiestamarine.com for durable saltwater pontoon boats, of sightseerboats.com for a commercial catamaran.

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Boating in Style

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When it comes to enjoying time out on the boat, there are two things you should do. One, make sure you pack enough snacks and supplies to entertain yourself while over the water. The second, is to look good while out on the boat. Looking good while boating isn’t just about fashion, though, it’s about functionality. Dressing up isn’t going to do much if your high heels cause you to trip and go overboard, so what should you wear instead?

First off, it is important to make sure you are prepared for any weather situation. Once you are out on the water, you can’t just run back to shore and change clothes. If it is chilly in the morning, it might warm up around noon, and if it is sunny when you set out on the water, it may get windy or have a bit of rain later on. So check the weather before you go out, and dress appropriately for it, while being prepared for any unexpected changes.

Next, you are going to want to make sure you have the right shoes on for your adventure. When it comes to boating, one rule of etiquette to remember is not to wear black soles. Boats either have a white or wooden deck, and black soles can cover them in skid marks. Especially when you consider you may be going back and forth from the motion of the waves. Which brings us to another point, wear shoes with a comfortable, non-slip grip. Boats don’t stay flat, and they don’t stay still, so any shoe with a smooth sole will have you sliding all day long. People also tend to enjoy shoes that are easy to take off. If you are looking to catch a tan or just get your toes wet, you don’t want to spend five minutes taking off a pair of boots. Something that slips on and off like converse, flats, even flip flops are perfect footwear for a day out on the water.

To help with both sun and rain, a comfortable hat should also be brought on board. While making sure it is comfortable, make sure it also fits right so it doesn’t get blown off with the breeze. Also avoid jewelry that you are either fond of, or not sure how well it will stay attached to you while on the boat. Once a ring or bracelet slips off your wrist, it’s highly possible that it’s gone forever. While necklaces are okay to wear, if you are planning on being out in the sun be careful with them. They likely won’t get damaged, but you might find your tan interrupted with the design of the necklace. It is important to remember however, if you are going out on ocean water, there will be salt in the air, so if you have any metallic jewelry, you may want to wash it off in fresh water once you get back to shore.

Of course, the most important thing for going out on the water isn’t the outfit, it’s the boat. If you haven’t gotten your boat yet, it’s not too late to get one now. For a personal watercraft, Fiesta Marine builds quality pontoon boats. With a wide selection of sizes and layouts, you can pick the one that will best fit your preferences. If you are looking to be the captain of your own commercial vessel, Sightseerboats.com can supply you with a top notch catamaran to fit your business needs. Rather it’s a simple tour boat or something a little more creative, Sightseer Marine, LLC will build a catamaran to serve your business.

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