On a Leash
Oh...wait a minute. We will be on a boat. They aren't the best swimmers. It can be hard to find much less recover a kid overboard. Hmmm...on second thought...
Safety of kids and crew is a huge concern. My biggest nightmare is losing someone overboard. Sarah and I have both been doing a lot of reading on this topic. Making our boat safe for little ones is critical. I just finished reading an excellent book on the topic - Kids in the Cockpit. Highly recommended if you plan on sailing with kids.
In short, I will provide everyone with our current plans for kid safety on the boat. This is subject to modification, but is our starting point.
Standing Rules Effective 100% of Time
- Never climb on lifelines or netting
- Never lean over lifelines
- Ask permission to enter cockpit
- Ask permission to leave cockpit
In this situation, our biggest concern isn't having the kids fall overboard and not being able to find them..but falling overboard and sinking. Michael especially concerns me. Anytime he sees water he is ready to 'jump in'. The key rule when at anchor:
- Wear life jacket at all times when entering cockpit and walking on deck