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Sailing & Canoeing Basics & Tips

Water Sports

Sailing the seas can be peaceful, beautiful, romantic, and a great way for families to work and play together. Even for the novice, learning to sail a small boat can be done in a matter of hours. Classes are available from charter services, and your local recreation facilities can also be helpful in teaching you the finer points of boating. If you would rather do more sightseeing than steering, hiring an experienced boater is the ticket. Boating is certainly an easy way to travel with all the comforts of home in a compact space. Children will love the experience of helping with the rowing and steering, as well as the accessibility to water for swimming and fishing.

First you have to decide what type of boat you want and whether you want to hire someone to get, and keep, the boat moving. Buying a boat is not cheap, but renting a boat for a day or two can be relatively inexpensive. Just call around for the best time to go and area to travel. Familiarize yourself with the area you are sailing. Watch the weather forecast to avoid storms or heavy rains. Don't try a long or difficult trip if you are a novice.

Safety is critical. Everyone needs a life preserver. Small children may wear a buoy float which fits around the chest. Harnesses may be helpful for walking children under the age of three. Safety nets are important in avoiding falls.

Bring along plenty of toys for children as well as books, magazines, and maybe even some paperwork from the office for you. If you start out early enough in the day, you'll find you have plenty of time to rest, eat, play with the kids, and other fun things. But try not to plan too much or you and the kids may feel stressed out.

Make sure you stock up on a lot of food. Since stores are not easy to get at once you're on the water, over-estimate how much food to bring. Non-refrigerated food is best such as breads, peanuts, crackers, etc. Stock a cooler with bottled water. Soda is not a good item to bring along since it will dehydrate you.

Sunscreen, hats and lip block are a must. Buy the water-resistant lotion to avoid having to reapply if you take a swim.

Make use of the water and take a short swim every so often. It will cool you off and relax your muscles. If you want to see more than what's above the water, bring along a snorkel, mask, and fins. An underwater camera is great for capturing sealife.

If you're prone to seasickness, Dramamine can calm your nervous stomach. If you prefer to avoid medication, try a wristband called Sea-Band which can be ordered through most boat catalogs. Keeping your stomach full helps to avoid sickness. If children are kept busy, they often don't suffer from stomach mal de mer.

Canoeing is a great way to see the outdoors at a slow pace. Although space is limited, a canoe can easily accomodate three adults or two adults and two children, along with a cooler, fishing poles, bait box, etc. Life preservers should be worn at all times since light canoes can tip easily.

Tips to keep in mind:

1. Decide the best boat to fit your economic, time, and spatial needs.

2. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're inexperienced; take along a knowledgeable companion for added protection.

3. Know the area and weather forecast before going out.

4. Have the proper life preservers available for every person.

5. Make sure the boat has safety nets for children.

6. Bring along plenty of toys and books.

7. Too much food is better than not enough at sea.

8. Bring all necessary medications and sunscreen to ensure a pleasant day.

9. Don't forget any underwater devices you want.

10. Buy or rent a heavy canoe to avoid easy tipping.

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