Teach kids to row

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

One of the rants that gained full sup­port from all YM hands was kids in dinghies with out­boards. Of course a lad will grab the chance to go and play with the out­board if you let him. I would have, wouldn’t you? But I’d have learned al­most noth­ing and nei­ther will he.

Give him a pair of oars and he will find out how to ma­noeu­vre a boat, he will get some ex­er­cise and will there­fore sleep bet­ter; most im­por­tantly, he will dis­cover the lim­its of his own strength when tested against a foul tide. He will never for­get the les­son and, as a spinoff, he will no longer ag­gra­vate ev­ery­one else in the an­chor­age. When it comes to learn­ing about the out­board, make him ‘boat­man’ and have him run you ashore when you’re ready.

Al­low­ing kids to tear around in a rub­ber dinghy will get peo­ple’s backs up

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