Survey: Boating kids are healthier kids
who go boating
are physically and psychologically healthier than those who don't, according to a survey
conducted by Impulse Research
Corp. for the National Marine
The online survey
was conducted with a random sample of 1,004 parents - half of whom have children
regularly and half who don't. Seventy-one percent of families who boat
responding to the survey reported having healthy children, compared to 61 percent of non-boating families.
In addition to physical benefits, active involvement in boating seems to play a role in psychological and social development of children, the survey indicates. Nearly two-thirds of responding boaters (63 percent) indicated their children are team players, compared to 53 percent of non-boaters, and tend to be more optimistic and self confident (52 percent compared to 43 percent).
Three-fourths of responding boaters said their children were leaders in their social groups, as opposed to 65 percent of non-boating children.