Safer Boating

Safer Boating Week on 14-21 October 2016 aims to focus boaties’ attention on key safety messages as they get their vessels and gear ready for the traditional start of the recreational boating season at Labour Day weekend.

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What’s on

The Safer Boating Forum has planning well under way. One of the exciting changes this year will be the involvement of the crew from the Big Angry Fish TV3 show.

If you want to get involved get in touch with us at 04 494 1236 and

Media releases

Prep, Check, Know

The theme for the week continues to be “Prep, Check, Know”.

That is, prep your boat, check your gear, and know the rules before you go boating. The theme is an umbrella covering all the week’s activity. Different organisations and businesses will focus on different aspects of the theme that are relevant to them.

Prep your boat

Service the engine, check and change the fuel, check the battery and just generally give the boat a good onceover.

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Check your gear

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Make sure your lifejackets are still fit for purpose and you have enough. Service any inflatable lifejackets and ensure you have two reliable forms of communication equipment.

Know the rules

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Ensure you know the ‘rules of the road’ on the water, and check your local bylaws to make sure you understand what the requirements are in your area.

Latest updates

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Safe Boating Programme video

Coastguard Boating Education


Information, videos and guidelines about lifejackets. Read more.

Trip reports

Use your VHF radio to file a trip report with Maritime Radio or your local Coastguard, letting them know where you are going, how many people on board and when you expect to return. Don’t forget to cancel your trip report when you return safely. Trip report form[PDF: 1.85mB, 1 page]
See also:
Big Angry Fish.

Big Angry Fish

See what the guys from Big Angry Fish are up to.
There are a variety of lifejackets and personal flotation devices available for recreational boaties.

Getting a lifejacket

The right lifejacket will fit your activities and crew.

See all lifejackets