6 Reasons Boating Will Be One of the Best Leisure Activities in a Post-COVID-19 World
July 22, 2020
Life as we know it has come to a halt since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that may feel impossible for you to imagine is what hobbies and leisure will look like post-COVID-19. While some leisure activities may generate interest immediately after the world’s recovery, some may be deemed still risky for people to engage in them, and as such, they could even end up becoming obsolete.
Those who have long been part of the community, however, think that boating is here to stay. Among other things, boating provides the opportunity for travelers to enjoy themselves in a safe, healthy, and controlled environment. Even in the midst of an atmosphere of uncertainty, boating enthusiasts can always count on the freedom of being able to enjoy their watercraft with their loved ones. Here’s why we at Europa Yachts think of boating as something you can look forward to even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared to Many Others, It’s a Safe Leisurely Activity
It’s not just that boating is more private and isolated compared to other leisurely activities. It also helps that measures like social distancing can be more easily implemented on a boat than, say, at a crowded beach. In the aftermath of the pandemic, leisure seekers will still want to take extra precaution about their exposure to the disease. Boating will allow you to take those precautions and still partake in the activity safely.
It’s Easy to Plan Ahead
Boating is not an unpredictable hobby, and by default, boating excursions involve a lot of planning. When you go boating, you have the advantage of being able to plan a lot of things ahead. You can plan which locations to sail off to, all based on your comfort and security level. You can take charge of packing medical supplies, equipment, and food whose source and method of preparation you are completely privy to. This ability to plan ahead—and consequently, to stay on top of all aspects of your journey—should appease some of your worries about boating.
You Can Uphold Proper Safety Measures with All Your Guests and Crew
You may already be familiar with keeping a “quarantine bubble” or “quarantine pod,” or a social group whose health situations you are already familiar with. In most cases, this quarantine pod includes members of your household. They are the ones that you can likely enjoy a boating trip with in the nearest future. Since they are already people you are familiar with, it won’t be hard for you to continue upholding social distancing and other health-related precautions while on the boat. You also have the benefit of full transparency over each others’ medical records and medical history.
That same transparency and emphasis on health precautions can also be carried over to the boat’s crew. A private trip requires only a small crew, and their medical history and medical clearance can be secured even before they step aboard the boat. It won’t be difficult for guests and crew to be transparent with each other about everyone’s respective health situations, and to work together in implementing proper safety measures while cruising. You can continue to be this careful with your guests and your crew during your boating trips, even long after the impact of COVID-19 has died down.
It Involves Leisure in a Healthier and More Natural Environment
Boating is also one of the healthiest leisure activities you can partake in. It will be good for your body if you have access to plenty of sunlight, fresh air, and vitamin sea. On a boating trip, you will also have ample opportunities to exercise from walking on deck, paddling on a smaller vessel, or swimming. This will definitely bring you some relief and increase your chances of staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
It’s a Leisurely Activity That Can Ensure Your Peace of Mind
The post-pandemic anxiety will likely last for years to come. If you plan for other leisurely activities, such as plane travel, you’ll probably be weighed down by a lot of what-ifs. With this kind of mindset, you likely won’t enjoy the activity at all.
But boating is the kind of activity that will grant everyone on the trip some peace of mind. Thanks to what’s mentioned above, like being able to plan ahead and keeping a small social group, you can stay in the moment while boating. That will make you feel the way a leisurely activity is supposed to make you feel: relaxed, at peace, and like you’re having fun.
It Encourages Healthy Connections with the World Around You
After a long time spent in quarantine, with limited mobility, you’re probably raring to see the outside world. You will probably want to take up a leisurely activity that restores your sense of connection to people, to nature, and to life in general.
Going boating will offer you the chance and the freedom to have a beautiful rediscovery of it all. You’ll be able to bond with those who are closest to you and have simple, dressed-down, and memorable moments with each other. You’ll also be revitalized by the sun, wind, sand, and sea. Thus, boating will help bring back that connection to the world that you and your loved ones sorely missed.
Let’s continue to dream of a time in which it is completely safe to head out to sea again. Until then, please stay healthy, cautious, and hopeful about the future!