Our safety strategy
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About our safety strategy
Our current focus is on skipper responsibility and the four key risk factors in fatal and non-fatal accidents:
- failure to wear lifejackets in small craft
- not being able to communicate when an accident happens
- bad weather and sea conditions
- alcohol (a significant cause of accidents and fatalities).
These issues were identified in the most recent strategy review by the New Zealand Safer Boating Forum, which tested and evaluated the effectiveness and relevance of the previous safety approach. Research findings and recommendations from the forum were used as a base for developing a new strategy.
Building on existing safety interventions, the new strategy offers a refreshed approach to reducing harm arising from the use of recreational craft in New Zealand’s coastal and inland waters.
Safety campaigns and initiatives for boaties
Our current campaign
In our latest advertising campaign, we challenge men to stop taking risks and to wear their lifejackets.