Caroline and Mason: Get them going learning
on Hobie Cats after the Laser
James and Alana: Lasers after the Sabot or El Toro
Ashlynn: Sabot or El Toro, though she may be begging for the Laser after she sees her big sister get the hang of it. (By the way, these aren't the only boats, just use them as kind of a measure for the type of boat to consider)
Get all the big kids comfortable with safety
procedures and how to work
and the dinghy
. They will love the power and freedom that gives them too.
The twins, their own inflatable
little kayaks to play in and squirt guns
If they can take the lessons with a bunch of other kids their age, do it! Yacht clubs and sailing clubs often have summer classes
and the kids have a blast and build tremendous confidence.
SUP is also a real hit with my 14 y.o. daughter, she is only lukewarm on helping me sail the boat
But she loves sailing and being out on the water
My 9 y.o. son enjoys sailing the boat but going in one direction bores him after a while. He loves his small kayak
to go off by himself at the local islands.
Make it easy for them to bring their friends along when possible.
Have dive equipment
at the ready and fishing
Get an underwater light meant to attract fish
or squid. The kids of all ages will love to see what shows up at night!
Keep it all positive, fun and not scary at first and then ramp
up slowly so you don't lose them. Try your best not to yell at anyone for pulling on the wrong line or getting off course. (I still need to learn that.) You have to let the unplanned tacks or NEAR gybes go without a negative comment (though watch the gybe!) and use them as teachable moments.
Then when you find out what works, come back and tell us about it!
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