12 Secrets to Ocean Sailing with Kids
Repeat customers are a joy because they were obviously pleased the adventure the first time. This time, two teachers from Central Virginia went sailing with a vengeance because he’s about to go to sea. And today was his birthday.
Robert and Elizabeth Hale-MacKinnon teach eighth and fourth grade respectively at the Charlottesville Waldorf School, in the Montessori tradition. Their related passion is the Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.
Robert is heading up a week-long educational cruise from Charleston to St. Augustine and back with 10 students on the Spirit of South Carolina. “It’s a 140-foot tall ship schooner, so it’s a bit intimidating. We’ll have a captain and crew. If you have any tips on sailing it, let me know.”
I had no tips on the boat, but a few on the cruise itself.
Ask everyone about any history of seasickness and provision items on board such as wrist bands.
Take Dramamine the night before instead of the day of a sail.
Observe for any vertigo issues, such as falling down or tipping to one side.
Keep everyone hydrated to discourage fatigue and seasickness.
Discourage horseplay and punish if it breaks out. That’s how people fall overboard and fall down onto sharp edges.
Watch out for complacency and fatigue among the crew once they get the hang of it.
Advise the ship’s captain to be a stern Capt. Queeg from the start with all the kids.
Watch the river and inlet currents to maneuver accordingly.
Keep everyone topside instead of below, because below is where people get seasick.
Discourage reading books for long periods because it can induce motion-sickness.
Keep the crew away from the rail.
Expect the unexpected, including the likelihood that some slackers may surprise you with their newfound enthusiasm.