With National Fishing and Boating Week in full swing, and National Marina Day on June 8, there’s no better time to plan a trip on the water. If you’re used to fishing alone or with only adults, taking your kids along for the ride may seem daunting. Have no fear! You can make a boating trip into a fun outing for the whole family by following a few simple tips.
Being on the water provides an excellent opportunity to teach kids about their environment, and boating, fishing and safety skills. Try to incorporate these teachings into fun activities and gradually introduce your kids to new things as they are ready. For example, you might want to create a game that teaches nautical terminology such as port, starboard, stern, and bow. Once your kids master this terminology, help them learn how to safely drive the boat or cast a fishing line. Boating and fishing provide unlimited learning—learning that lasts a lifetime.
Photo by: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife