For me, a fun family holiday should be packed full of activities. When you introduce your kids to exciting activities, it can bring you closer together whilst encouraging them to develop different skills and interests. In addition to this, most adventure activities take place against stunning backdrops which can give you all a much greater appreciation for the beauty of the planet. |
Awaken the Explorer Within
For families looking to explore the great outdoors whilst getting active, kayaking and canoeing could be the perfect child-friendly activity. Travelling the calm and serene waters can be extremely enjoyable and relaxing, yet also immensely rewarding. Paddling with your child in the back hatch will enable them to gaze down into the clear waters below where they will be dazzled with the vibrant life found beneath the surface. This is sure to get them hooked from a young age and awaken an adventurous side in them!
Many parents may have concerns over safety when it comes to taking their children out on a kayak or canoe, which is completely understandable as it is a water based sport. However, paddling is a child-friendly activity and one which is suitable for kids of all ages. In order to ensure that it is a safe, fun and valuable experience for your child, there are a few simple tips when it comes to paddling with little ones.
Top Tips for Fun and Safe Paddling with Kids
As with most activities, and particularly water based ones, safety is paramount. Before setting off on holiday, it is important to teach your kids water safety.
1. On the trip, everybody should be wearing a high quality water jacket at all times. 2. Those under the age of 6 are best placed in the back hatch, whereas older children can either contribute to some of the paddling in a double kayak, or alternatively have their own kids’ kayak once they have developed their paddling skills. 3. It is essential that you choose a safe waterway with calm and windless waters. 4. It is likely that your child will tire quickly, so prepare for short trips and stick to the shoreline until they are ready to head further out. 5. For rest periods, you may want to consider some toys, games or books to keep them entertained and provide them with plenty of snacks and fluids throughout the day.
These tips will help to ensure that your family has an unforgettable trip where you will see all kinds of awe-inspiring wildlife below the surface. My team has worked hard to put together a number of excellent canoeing and kayaking packages, all of which are perfect for families seeking adventure but also want somewhere homely and comfortable to unwind after a fun day out.
Martinhal in Portugal is perfect for those looking for water and land based activities for kids of all ages, all against a rugged and untouched part of Western Algarve. You can discover raw natural beauty and breathtaking wildlife in Whistler, Canada, where paddling is just one child-friendly activity to try out. Other options include a beautiful beach based adventure in Aquitaine, France and an exotic watersports holiday in the Caribbean.
In addition to these fantastic package holidays, we are also capable of creating bespoke vacations for your family to brilliant destinations all around the world. To find out more about our canoeing and kayaking packages and what each one contains, or to discuss creating your own tailor made trip, do not hesitate to get in touch and we can get the ball rolling!
Richard Edwards is the Managing Director of Summit & Blue, an adventure holiday company offering independently crafted child friendly activity holidays to exciting destinations around the world, including France, Italy, Portugal, the USA and Canada. With unique itineraries and exciting activities like biking, hiking, white water rafting and canoeing, we create holidays for those looking for an experience a little more off the beaten track.
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