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#1 OneProudMum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

DS is turning 9, we have a boat, tubes, kneeboards and life jackets etc.
We were thinking we might have about 3 or 4 friends for a day of fun on the water at the local lake.
DH takes his boat licence seriously and has never had a child thrown out of the tube etc.
Is he a bit young for this type of party? Would you allow your 8/9 y.o. to go?

#2 Lyra

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

So, that's four guests plus your son making a total of 5 children in all? If your husband knows CPR and the children were wearing life jackets all the time, I would think about it

#3 Fr0g

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

Yes, I'd let my kids go / with responsible adults, life jackets, and a few kids, for sure!

Have fun!!!

#4 Rolex

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Oh my 9yo would LOVE that.  With those limited numbers only, I'd be ok with it, but anymore than 5 kids I'd not be too sure.

#5 Wallymaduka

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I'd probably feel more comfortable if my being there was an option.  Not sure to be honest...even with a strong swimmer.  Sounds like a lot of fun though!

#6 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

It would be awesome!

#7 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

If all swimmers, yep sounds awesome!

#8 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:08 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:03 PM.

#9 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

I'd allow it if I knew your family well, probably wouldn't let my kid go with a family we didn't know.

#10 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

Actually it sounds so cool and reminds me so much of my childhood I want to come! Where do you live?

#11 Cacti

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:35 PM

I'd let him go if I knew you and your husband and knew that he was responsible with the boat. It would be fun for the boys.

#12 OneProudMum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (808state @ 02/02/2013, 04:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd probably feel more comfortable if my being there was an option.  Not sure to be honest...even with a strong swimmer.  Sounds like a lot of fun though!

That would be fine. We'd welcome parents too. We have shelter, camp chairs and all the accessories. They'd probably end up having about 3 rides each behind on the tube (we have 2 tubes), a couple in the boat and then time to have some lunch and swim.

#13 Spring Chickadee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I grew up having fun days out on a boat tubing etc original.gif so yes, my children would be allowed to go (if i trusted you and your DH to be responsible)

#14 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:00 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:03 PM.

#15 Lagom

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

Only if I knew the parents and there was an offer for me to come along.  We are a boating family so DD knows her way around and has 'sea legs' but without knowing how responsible the adult is and what their first aid ability is like I have to admit I would be very nervous.  Sounds fun though!

#16 OneProudMum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

I forgot to add that the place we will go to is a round course and there are speed restrictions and a 2 boat limit on the course at all times.

#17 AbbottProofFence

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:04 PM

My daughter is turning 9 this year and I wouldn't hesitate in allowing her to go given your husband has a boating licence and there will be life jackets.

#18 MrsLexiK

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

Who would be supervising on the boat? I grew up holidaying on a lake (and used to love being flipped out of the tube ) and water skiing etc but in Vic you have to have an observer and a driver. If I knew who the two adults were on the boat and believed them to be sensible.

#19 zande

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

We'd be a no, only because my DD hasn't ever been on a boat much less towed behind one LOL!

#20 KBM

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

My DD who is 8 in a few months just went to a jetski party where the dad drove the jetski with a biscuit behind with one or two girls on it.  They wore life jackets all the time and there was at least one adult for every child.

#21 Propaganda

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

I wouldn't let mine go. I think that's too many children to supervise in a boat, and on a personal note, my child wouldn't participate in the activities anyway because she would be too scared.

It would be different if she grew up in boats and on the water, but that's just not the case and I wouldn't care how trustworthy you were, I wouldn't trust you enough.

#22 Guest_CaptainOblivious_*

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

I wouldn't let mine go but I'd be more ok with it if I were there and you only had one or two other kids. 5 is way too many to supervise in the water and drive a boat.

#23 OneProudMum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (Propaganda @ 02/02/2013, 07:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wouldn't let mine go. I think that's too many children to supervise in a boat, and on a personal note, my child wouldn't participate in the activities anyway because she would be too scared.

It would be different if she grew up in boats and on the water, but that's just not the case and I wouldn't care how trustworthy you were, I wouldn't trust you enough.

Thanks for your honesty.

They're not all allowed on the boat at once. You can only have a total of 5 inclusive of who is being towed. There also has to be a spotter on board so therefore only 3 children at any one time. The other children would have to remain in a designated swim area or on the bank.

I know at least 1 of the mums would come also, and a set of grandparents.

Edited by OneProudMum, 02 February 2013 - 06:28 PM.

#24 LittleMissPink

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:33 PM

That sounds like fun, and we would go original.gif I think you have done the right thing in ensuring everyones safety and following the rules.

#25 mumto4boys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

One of my boys went to a party like this when he was 7.

I must admit I was nervous about it but we did know the family and knew that they were responsible. There was also an option for parents to stay so I sent DH along cool.gif

The kids had a ball and it sounds very much like the set up you have described OP.

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