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Boating safety

The Boating Safety Code

The Boating Safety Code has five simple steps to help you stay safe:

1: Life jackets

Take them and wear them! Boats, especially ones under 6m in length can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water. Lifejackets should also be worn by people fishing on the shore, especially rock fishing where hazards like large waves can be unpredictable.

2: Skipper responsibility

The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.

3: Communications

Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so the emergency services can help you if you get into difficulties.

4: Marine weather

New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.

5: Avoid alcohol

Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.

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