Set­ting a safe ex­am­ple

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS - Colin Grun­don

While wait­ing to be served in my lo­cal bike shop, I saw a dad-of-three buy­ing cy­cle hel­mets for his brood. Part­ing with the thick end of £100, I over­heard him say that he now has to con­vince his kids to wear them. ‘Do you have a one?’ asked the as­sis­tant. ‘No’ he said.

On the So­lent I of­ten see boats full of fam­i­lies with­out any life­jack­ets. I ap­pre­ci­ate that it is one’s own de­ci­sion (or the skip­per’s) whether or not to wear a life­jacket, but to al­low young chil­dren on boats with­out tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate pre­cau­tions is just plain ir­re­spon­si­ble, es­pe­cially when par­ents are not set­ting a good ex­am­ple them­selves.

Ul­ti­mately, it is the par­ents that have to live with the con­se­quences of their ac­tions but the cost of life­jack­ets is so cheap these days, there should be no ex­cuse for not set­ting a good ex­am­ple. Un­til then, these peo­ple shall re­main on my naughty list along­side peo­ple who text while driv­ing. Paul Wal­ters

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