Tips for navigation with children
In the summer months it is much more common for children to board boats. We all like to enjoy with them days at sea. But having children on board always involves taking more risks and therefore, it implies the need to take a series of precautions to try to minimize the problems.
With the vacations of the smallest, it can generate a certain chaos on board and for it is better that the employer have in mind the following points:


To what age should i bring the children to navigate?

While there is no overall answer to this question, the first age of embarkation of a child should take into account the following factors:

– The health of the child: it is one of the main points to consider since any person must be in the perfect conditions before embarking.

– The boat itself: the type of boat we have as well as the services we have in it, will be decisive for the possibility of embarking or not a young child.

– The crossing that we are going to carry out: since they do not imply the same needs a short walk along the coast that a long crossing in which to visit different ports.

That said, it can be said that for most cases, the most appropriate age to start a child in the world of navigation are 3 years of age, when the child already has a sense of developed balance. So you can move in common situations as well as small more complicated moments in which they can also count with the capacity to acquire some type of responsibility.

From the age of 3, usually a child can already participate in some activities of the boat, understand them and ultimately enjoy them.

However, a primordial point and recommended by all instructors, is that the child knows how to swim, since if not, can pose a great risk totally unnecessary.

Anyway, we have to keep in mind that the smaller the child, the more sensitive it will be to someone of thermal aggression (cold, freezing, on sun exposure, heat stroke …).

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Health tips for navigating children

Before embarking, every child should have gone through the pediatrician’s consultation to make a general health check and also indicate which products we must include in the kit on board thinking especially about the health of the most little ones.

It is recommended that you write down everything that the pediatrician recommends us in regards to taking medications because we do not know what can happen or who will give the medication in case you need it. In addition we can always count on board with a manual of childcare and another one of first aid to have on hand during the crossing since there are no doctors in the sea and we will not always have coverage to contact one.

-Tips on how not to get dizzy on the boat

Undoubtedly, one of the main problems that we can find on board is dizziness.

What may begin as a minor indisposition or general malaise, quickly turns into vomiting, headache or even drowsiness.
This problem is more pronounced in young children because they do not know very well how to express what they are feeling and can sometimes become frightened, which would still complicate the situation more.Although it can appear at any time, there are certain factors that favor it Such as nervousness or overexcitation, so it is very important to watch children sleep enough and respect their rest time.

Another factor that may also increase the onset of dizziness are extreme temperatures, as much of cold as of heat since they weaken the physical condition of the child reason why it is convenient to dress them with the appropriate clothes in each moment.

In addition it is also necessary to avoid copious meals and fats as well as confectionery paying special attention to pre-departure intakes since we have to try to go on an empty stomach but not eat too much, so it would be best to give Fruit, biscuits or breakfast toast. If you want to avoid greater evils, you can count on the help of anti-dumping means available in the market like pills, bracelets etc.
Although we take all precautions that we consider appropriate, dizziness may appear equally so it is convenient to know how we should act to pass it. The most important thing is to reassure the child by explaining to them what is happening and that is something temporary and that will happen in a short time. Then we will lie down in a ventilated place on the deck, without odors and avoiding that the tiredness goes to more. We will try to eat some fruit like a Banana, bypassing acidic foods.

It is usually a state that should not last for many hours although the discomfort can be prolonged throughout the day.


Another of the main risks of carrying children on board are falls. Normally small ones are usually not very aware of the dangers that can exist in a boat and its rhythm and its necessity of movement are very
Higher than ours. There is no doubt that everyone, both children and adults, can fall … when this fall occurs on the high seas the consequences can be more serious, since on board everything is full of nooks and crannies that convert any

Boat in a “dangerous” place.
Obviously the risks multiply when we are performing any type of maneuver or more people be on the boat. With this in mind and as the main precautionary measure, children should never remain in
Cover while maneuvering. During the rest of the time, it is advisable to stay on the alert so as to avoid, as far as possible, any type of accident or slip as most of these little bumps are avoidable. To watch that they do not run, that they carry the right shoes, that their games are “restrained” … are basic rules that we must keep in mind.


If we are going to make short exits, the feeding is not something very important. Since carrying a small supply of food is sufficient. On the contrary, if we are going to make a Long journey, we will have to look at this point much more closely . We will have to provide the children with enough protein and energy for these days of navigation. To control periods of anemia, one of the main problems that are usually encountered is to always count on fruit fresh on board.

Cereals are also a highly recommended food on board both in breakfasts as dinners. We must avoid that the child is carried away eating treats or cakes since during the navigation it is habitual that

They are constantly hungry. Vegetables, potatoes, onions, carrots or nuts are foods that are preserved simply and can lasting up to several weeks.

It should also be borne in mind that during the summer season, food is kept much less time so try to distrust the food that is left over even if it is from noon to night since even though it has good appearance may not be in good condition and this for any child is a potential hazard.

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It is very important to keep the children busy and entertained while on board so as far as they are concerned.
Possible if we can carry all those toys that are not excessively bulky.
When we stop at the ports, it is advisable to look for other children who can play with them so that fully developed.

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There are certain basic rules that we must review before leaving to sail, regardless of the duration that goes to
Have the crossing that we are going to carry out:
Before you start browsing:

– We will review the weather conditions of the area through the port offices, internet, press, radio or even tv.

– Check the fuel level on board. You can go for the 1/3 gift; One third of the deposit for the one third for the return and one third more for the reserve. If there were not enough fuel to meet
This rule, is to improve fuel before leaving.

– Basic engine check, checking that straps, levels, water intakes and alarms work correct.

– Check the drinking water as it is essential to have enough potable water and in good condition for any crossing.

– Electronic and communications review such as electronic devices, probes, GPS, VHF, telephones Satellites etc.

– Check the watertightness of the boat and its bilge systems.

– We will compare the state of the batteries, load levels, corrosion, connections and the status of the
Current and navigation lights.

– Check that the state of the safety equipment is adequate; Life jackets, raft auxiliary, flares, etc.

– If sailing with a sailboat is necessary to realize a review of rigging and the sails.

– Carry all the regulatory documentation of the boat as well as your title of employer.

– Lastly do not forget to indicate in the port what is your intended destination and the duration of the crossing or any
Which may be necessary in case of emergency.

Things to do on board:
– Kit and tablets for the dizziness.
– Flashlight and battery replacement.
– Knives and fishing tackle.
– Warm clothing, raincoats or water suits.
– Alternative means of propulsion.
– Tools and spare parts.


Weaknesses in a boat usually coincide on almost all models, so it is important to check with. Frequently the elements that can give more problems to avoid thus unnecessary scares.
In this list of potentially problematic elements, we find the joints between hull and deck, rudder and keel, reinforcements of shoring and in general any sealing between joints of different types of materials.

Also check the welds and fixings of balconies, candlestick and “guardamancebos” since they are usually more fragile than we would like.


– The live work: it is necessary to look mainly at the horizontality of the waterline. For this, a seat. Calculated poorly can be detected in this way. The absence or absence of dirt will also give us data on the care of the boat itself.

– The dead work: observe the appearance and the state of the dead work. The absence or absence of scratches, the state, Gel coat etc. In general we will look for impacts or docks.

– Check the bow balcony, which should be solid, without movements and without signs of rust or oxidation.
– The anchor well must be clean with a drain, with a tight lid and with a safe.
– The berthing cleats should be in perfect condition, without any lateral movement.
– Anchor and storage chests with lids must be perfectly adjusted and must be free of dampness, stains or odors.
– The hatches and housings must have a perfect seal, with their insulating joints in good condition. State and absence of scratches.
– The elements of the bathtub must be in good condition, the air brushes and if humidity, the system of drain in perfect condition and the mattresses and sofas without breaks or holes.
– Special attention must be paid to the engine compartment which must have adequate ventilation.
– Sailing ships should pay special attention to the shoring: winches, pulleys, rails, aerators, jaws,

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