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Boating Safety NZ

When it comes to NZ Boating Safety.

The rules on the water and of your boat and those that you are responsible for are becoming a lot stricter with an aim to save lives and a goal to taking steps for your survival should something go wrong while you are out on the water.

Things have changed since the old days.

I remember spending a lot of time boating on the Hauraki Gulf as a youngster and I also remember that sometimes things did go wrong. Luckily the boat never sank but there were silly things happen like the motor breaking down or some dink throwing the anchor over the side without it being tied on. I remember often going out in a dingy as a teenager and it had a slow leak, we spent hours and took turns bailing the water out while others were over diving for scallops. Never a life jacket in sight on that vessel. It does not take much to just put a little effort into safety as it only takes moments to drown. No matter how good a swimmer you are.


Life Jacket

Recently new rules are being enforced and now The boat has a skipper, and you are responsible for all you take out on the sea. Each person has to have a life jacket and one that actually fits. If your boat is 6m or under everyone has to wear them unless the skipper says it is safe to remove them. I can’t work that rule out it is easier just to keep them on and they cut the wind factor out and keep you warm but anyway. If there is an increased risk, I guess like a choppy sea or something is going wrong, everyone needs to be wearing them.

Emergency Communication

This has to be a no brainer. In fact, I think you need at least 2 forms of communication. A phone in a waterproof pouch, I guess attached to you in case you’re in the boat one minute and then in the water the next. Then there are VHF radios or flares. Between this and the life jacket, you are giving yourself a good chance of survival.

There are other important rules.

Like slowing down to 5 knots when within 50m of other boats or people in the water and within 200 m of the shore. If you see a dive flag up in a boat I think the same rule applies and you have to stay well away. It could be as much as 200m these are some of the rules you need to know about before you become a skipper of any boat.

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