11 Things to Consider When Boating With Non Swimmers

Here are some key considerations when taking a non-swimmer on a boat trip:

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Safety First:

  • Life Jacket: This is paramount. Ensure everyone on board has a properly-fitting US Coast Guard-approved life jacket. It should be comfortable enough to wear for the entire trip. For non-swimmers, consider a life jacket with a higher back for extra support in the water.
  • Buddy System: Assign a buddy to the non-swimmer, especially if they’re anxious around water. This person can keep an eye on them and offer assistance if needed.
  • Boat Stability: If you’re chartering a boat, choose a larger, more stable vessel that’s less likely to rock significantly. This can help reduce anxiety for those uncomfortable on the water.

Addressing Concerns:

  • Open Communication: Talk openly with the non-swimmer about their comfort level and any anxieties they might have. Reassure them about safety measures and be patient.
  • Gradual Exposure: If it’s their first time on a boat, consider starting with a shorter trip on a calm day on a lake or sheltered harbor. This can help ease them into the experience.

Activities and Comfort:

  • Plan Activities: Having activities planned can keep the non-swimmer focused and engaged. Consider sightseeing, fishing (if appropriate), or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
  • Seating Options: Choose a comfortable seat with good back support for the non-swimmer. Sitting in the middle of the boat can help minimize rocking sensations.
  • Sun and Weather Protection: Provide shade with a canopy or umbrella, and ensure they have sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect them from the elements.

Additional Tips:

  • Know the Boat: If you’re operating the boat yourself, familiarize yourself with safety features and emergency procedures beforehand.
  • Be Prepared: Pack a first-aid kit and any medications the non-swimmer might need.
  • Respect Their Limits: Don’t pressure the non-swimmer to participate in activities that make them uncomfortable, such as swimming or leaning over the edge of the boat.

By prioritizing safety, open communication, and planning activities that cater to their comfort level, you can ensure a fun and enjoyable boat trip for everyone on board.

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