There are a few different things that you can do, both before your boating excursion and during, to make it a fun and memorable time for the young ones that have never been out on the water.
Teach them the terms.Young kids learn pretty quickly, and picking up a few boating terms feels like knowing a cool, new language. Finding out what you call the front of the boat (bow) and the back (stern) before they step onto one will make them feel like an expert.
Get some fun gear.Life jackets are a necessity on a boat. BomBay Boat Rentals provides them for you, but there are some really cool ones out there for kids. If they show up with their own life jacket sporting their favorite cartoon character, that adds to the excitement of the trip. Doing a little fishing while you are out there is always fun. If they have their very own kid-sized poles to use it's even better.
Add in a water sport.Tubing is a very popular thing to do on the water, especially for children. If they are up for the challenge, skiing can be a lot of fun too. These are two things that can only be done if you have a boat to pull you! All kids love swimming, too, and the multitude of quiet coves on this lake are wonderful for that.
Pack a picnic.It's wise to plan some stops along the way with first-timers. A little time once in a while back on familiar dry land can be a nice break. There are lots of gorgeous state parks and a few nice beaches in the Lake area. Load up a basket of your kids' favorite foods and take a boating break in one of these spots.
When the day is over, discuss all of the fun that you had. Relive the memories with stories or pictures that you took. Talk about the next time that you will rent a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks. Getting your children to fall in love with boating will not be a hard sell. BomBay Boat Rental Company is here for you when you are ready to take them out. Soon they'll be asking to learn all about our jet ski rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks too.
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