Is it Safe to Sail with Children

We examine the nature of sailing as a family

Family Sailing Holiday

Sailing can truly be the perfect family holiday.  Children of all ages can have the freedom to enjoy the outdoors. the sea and experience a true adventure.  Nothing can be so engaging for a family than to spend it together on a yacht in a beautiful destination.  You will leave your children with a legacy of truly memorable experience to reflect on in later life.

If you are considering a holiday on a yacht for a week or more with a young family, you probably have many questions, chief of which, is it safe for children?  There are dangers associated with sailing, and the answer very much depends on the age of the children, where you sail, when you sail and who with.

Some Considerations:

Age of children

If your children are very young, say under 24 – 36 months, and can tolerate being placed in a car seat, should the circumstances dictate, then you should have no issues.  I have two boys who both sailed regularly at this age.

The Inbetweeners

If they are a little older, but not yet at the age where they understand danger (maybe 5 or 6) then further precautions are recommended.  Should the need arise, these should be one adult spare (not required for sailing) to deal with each child of that age.  If you are sailing with an agency skipper, they will give full advice.  SailChecker.com have expert consultants who will give you free advice should you wish to explore the possibilities.

One your children are between 6 & 9, then the ratio of supervision can drop to 2:1 and once your young ones are 10 or 11, and are able to wear proper life jackets, then you are into standard precautions for any sailing trip.

Children Playing on Deck

Where you Sail

Simply, some places are easier to sail than others for a variety of reasons.  Some regions are renown for their freakish winds, whilst others have some stable reputations.  Other areas may have tricky navigation, shallow water or tides to contend with.

When you sail

The time of year can affect the risk tremendously   Certain phenomenal weather patterns only exist in certain months and sea temperature is something worth taking into account.

Kids colouring below on family sailing trip

Who you sail with

The number of competent sailors on board, the experience of your skipper or captain are all part of the mix.  A local with knowledge of the seas and weather is a great bonus.

If you have never sailed before, you will need to “hire” a skipper. This type of charter is called Crewed Charter.  An alternative for those with limited experience (and often chosen by sailors with plenty of experience) is a flotilla.  This is where a group of charter yachts sail in company providing strong mutual support and increased safety.  There is always a lead boat with highly qualified crew to come to your aid should you require assistance.

More Information

For more information on Family Sailing Charters or Flotilla sailing, please contact info@SailChecker.com where a consultant will be delighted to advise you on the perfect arrangement to suit your own circumstances. And with the whole the market to compare from we can assure you of the very best value.

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