By Anna Patiuk
Living in the Midwest, I appreciate that first nice day we have, which usually doesn’t arrive until May. The sunshine and chirping birds put a little spring in my step (no pun intended), and I get thinking about the fun and relaxing summer days ahead. Swimming, boating, waterskiing and sunbathing are all on my to-do list. Get a head start to your summer at the lake be checking off these must-have items for 2015:
For the kids. Safety is key no matter your age; however, you should take extra caution when it comes to the little ones running around the boat. Picking an offshore lifejacket that fits properly will make a huge difference. Lifejackets should be snug, especially around the chest and waist. Type II vests are the most comfortable and safe for kids. The Stohlquist Nemo has head support for extra security:
Pontoon rides are great, but pontoon waterslides can make being out on the lake that much more fun. Waterslides are always a huge hit with the kids. This inflatable one attaches to your pontoon, so they can have fun while you get to soak up some sun.
For the adrenaline junkie. I’m far from an expert waterskier or wakeboarder, but I do love the exhilaration that comes with riding behind the back of a speedboat. If your family is new to water sports, get a pair of combination skis to amp up your summer on the lake. Combination skis are a safe bet for beginners since they are longer, wider, and more stable than slalom skis:
For the lounger. While sitting on the beach and catching some sun is nice, I’d much rather be in the lake. Or on the lake. Floating rafts put you in the middle of it all. Big enough for six people, this inflatable floating island is great for lake parties. It has two coolers for drinks and snacks. Family and friends won’t be disappointed!
This inflatable four-person island is also great for relaxing offshore while being surrounded by family or friends. Grab some sunscreen, towels and chips, which you can store in the islands middle compartment: