Paddleboarding with your kids makes for a great experience on activity vacations for families. We have got some tips for your to consider before you travel out with your kids.
If you have a passion for paddle boarding, you may be looking forward to the day when your children are mature enough to join you on the water. Active holidays for families are much more fun when everyone can participate, and paddle board is not a contrary!
The good news is, once your children have at least two years of age, they will be able to go board with you! But first, here are a few points before you go.
Safety and Equipment
Before taking your children onto paddleboard, make sure that your board is the right size for the weight of you and your little handsets. Otherwise, it will be a challenge to balance, turn and steer effectively. It is highly recommended you take one or two kids between the ages of two and six out on your paddleboat with you, and older children on their own child’s paddleboard.
Because paddleboarding and surf culture are closely related, life jackets are still worn by paddlers. However, we have always encouraged to wear life jackets during the holiday activities for families who are planning to spend time in the water. It is important that your kids wear life jackets, even if they are excellent swimmers and even if you choose to abandon wearing one yourself. If the paddleboard were to flip over (and it probably will at some point), your kids may suddenly end up in the water. Life jackets will help protect them and to stabilize themselves in the water immediately.
To start, choose an area in the water that is calm, free from waves and the wind, and away from other water activities. It is best to set your kids on the board in very shallow water and get them comfortable with deeper water. Put them in front of the mid-point of the board to get them used to the swaying motions of the waves before encouraging them to move from the sitting position to their knees and then back to the sitting position.
Then it is your turn to ride behind in a kneeling position for a start while you and your youngsters start to feel comfortable with it and can paddle in deeper waters.
Add to the fun of a day out paddleboarding by taking along a few sand toys for your kids to play with while on the board to prevent them from getting nervous or bored. Snacks are advisable for any activities especially when taking them paddleboarding.
And do not forget to make good meals to control hunger, as well as water. Be sure to take along all empty containers and wrappers back on land so as to keep the water free of trash.
You don’t have to wait for your kids to grow up before enjoying a day of paddleboarding with them! They will love being out with you on your board and will look forward to the day they can also paddle on their down beside you.
Paddleboarding is a child-friendly activity that is easy enough to teach, but you may want to consider signing your offspring up for a lesson if you lack experience and are unfamiliar with the strokes. Any place that rents paddleboards will most likely offer a beginners’ class to get the kids started. You may also want to look out this lesson together so that you can enjoy the day together out on the water on paddleboards!