Looking for family fun in the water? Are children tired of doing the same thing every summer? If so, take the kids in a kayak and let them have a hands-on adventure.
First of all, make kayaking fun for kids. Life is an adventure and you are giving the joy of your own adventure. Tell them stories, tell them about history, tell them about the people before them who traveled these same rivers, just as they are doing. Tell them why they did it and where they were going. Bring the story to life.
Now that the kids are excited about the trip, it’s time for the practical stuff. All children (and adults) must wear a PFD every time they are in the kayak. Go to your local kayak dealer, outdoor specialty store, and test out different brands to see which one is the best option for your kids. The safety of children, inside and outside the kayak, should be your primary responsibility.
Then comes the clothes. Hats, children should have a hat with a brim that protects their eyes from the sun and glare, and from the spray of the water. Think like a fisherman, as you want to protect your head, face, and neck from the sun and water. Wide-brimmed hats work well.
Clothes, think layers. children feel uncomfortable when they are too hot. Think of layers that can be added or removed as the weather in the water can change quickly. Think shorts and long pants, T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing should be brightly colored. Children always leave things behind and camouflage will be difficult to spot when leaving a campsite where bright neon blue or lime green will quickly catch their eye. In addition, in case of problems, those colors are easy to detect by passers-by. Rain gear should also be on hand.
Slippers, boots, and sandals have their pros and cons. One thing’s for sure, if they do get wet, you’ll want something that dries quickly or has an alternative on hand.
Kid stuff. What child does not have “things”, their “things”, “things” without which they cannot live? Let them bring some, but only what will fit in a box, “your box.” You should also have a box with treats, snacks and treats that will not only serve to increase energy levels, but will also serve as a reward for time. when it is necessary to finish the tasks of the camp. Also bring some age-appropriate books. This gives them something extra to do and some time to themselves when everyone is tired.
Also give your child a paddle to use in the kayak. Although they may not be strong enough to paddle, and you’ll be doing all the work, giving them a paddle makes them feel like they are part of the adventure.
Finally, how long at a time in the water? The first few times, just a short time to get used to being confined to a kayak. As they become more comfortable, increase the time to 3 to 5 hours. That’s a long time and a long distance for young rowers to enjoy the water and have real life adventures.
Kids and kayaks? A wonderful experience for both parents and children. Time on the water is creating lifelong memories to treasure forever!