Children on Boats are Still Children

By |April 24th, 2011|

This morning I received an email from a reader who was struggling with a boating safety question.  She and her husband enjoy the water and and they have two small children and they just couldn’t seem to get together on one issue: How much supervision is enough out there on the water?  She gave me permission to post her question and my answer to her here. What do you think? Your comments would be appreciated. Here is the email and my answer:     Hey Mario – Given your area of expertise, I was hoping you could provide an opinion on a boating matter to help settle a family discussion. Here goes – Do you think it is wise for an adult to boat alone with two 2-year-olds. They would be on a standard pontoon boat that has seating around the entire front and 36″ guard rail where there isn’t seating. The little ones would obviously be in life vests. The adult would not be wearing a life vest (but there would be an available life vest for him on the boat). Thoughts? Thanks for your input! I didn’t know who to ask and you came to mind!! If you are celebrating Easter – Happy Easter! A Concerned Mom Never shrinking from getting into the middle of a family …discussion…I replied. Dear Concerned Mom: There are a huge number of variables to consider and I thought about getting into all of them but I’ll just tell you my initial gut reaction and why I had it: […]

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