Boating Safety Tips for Your Family’s First Fishing Trip

Boating Safety Tips for Your Family’s First Fishing Trip

You and your family have everything packed and ready for your first family fishing trip. Your kids are excited to spend a day on the water, and you and your partner are looking forward to the relaxing atmosphere.

While you want everyone to have an enjoyable, pleasant day, you also want to make sure you and your family members stay safe at all times. If you’ve never been on a boat before, it’s easy to feel anxious about spending such a long time floating in the ocean. Fortunately, your boat hire company will do everything in their power to keep you safe, including giving you safety instructions and providing you with life jackets.

However, you can set your mind at ease before you board the boat by reading the advice below. Use these tips in conjunction with your boat hire company’s instructions, and you’ll be better prepared to stay safe and enjoy your first family fishing trip.

Wear Lifejackets

Everyone on the boat should wear a lifejacket at all times. Children might be tempted to take off their lifejackets if they feel uncomfortable or complain that they’re too old or hot to wear one. However, you should explain to them that lifejackets can save their lives. Then set a good example by wearing a lifejacket yourself.

Preferably, everyone on the boat will be able to swim; if not, wearing a lifejacket becomes even more imperative. Your boat hire company should have lifejackets on hand for every member of your family.

Wear Sunscreen

Whenever you plan to spend several hours outside, you should always apply an ample coat of sunscreen. Before you get on the boat, check that each of your family members is covered in sunscreen. Everyone should reapply sunscreen every two hours.

For maximum protection, choose sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor), such as 50 or 50+. In addition, water-resistant sunscreen won’t come off if you get splashed with water, and broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you from UVA and UVB rays, both of which increase your risk of skin cancer.

Dress Appropriately

Since you’ll be out in the sun for much of the day, remember to bring a hat and sunglasses in addition to your sunscreen. Wear light-coloured, loose clothing, but remember to bring a jacket in case it gets chilly. Sandals may be comfortable, but consider shoes with a firmer tread that are less likely to slip on slick, wet patches.

Treat Sea Sickness

Even though your boat hire crew will only take you a few kilometres out to sea, you may still be prone to sea sickness. If you know you get motion sickness in cars or airplanes, you might have a similar problem on a boat. If you have any major concerns, talk to your doctor or chemist before your outing. In some cases, he or she can prescribe an anti-sea sickness or anti-nausea medication.

For more minor concerns, take a case of non-alcoholic ginger beer or ginger ale. Ginger tends to calm upset stomachs, so consider bringing ginger snap biscuits and/or ginger tablets as well.

Follow Your Boat Hire Crew’s Instructions

You may not have enjoyed a fishing trip before, but your boat hire crew have done so many, many times. Since they’re very experienced, you can trust their advice to keep you safe. Follow their instructions at all times, such as staying in the boat and drinking only in moderation.

You should also take their advice on whether or not you should boat on a certain day. If the weather seems too unstable, your boat hire crew will advise you to reschedule your trip. Even though rescheduling might seem disappointing, it will keep you safe and prepare you for a better trip on a sunnier, calmer day.


When you follow these instructions, along with any your boat driver gives you, you and your family will be more likely to enjoy a safe, sunny day of fishing. Stay safe, and enjoy your trip!

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