Maritime Rules Part 81
Current version of Part 81
This rule applies to:
- Commercial rafting operations
- Raft guide vocational training
- Hire of rafts to the public without a guide.
Operators are required to have in place an approved safe operational plan. Operations must be audited, and the plan approved by the Director of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Raft guide vocational training must be carried out in accordance with parameters and procedures defined by the operator or training provider in accordance with the rules.
Operators that dry hire rafts to the public (that is, hiring without a guide) are required to have a raft hire approval issued by the Director.
Under Part 81.35, Guides must hold current first aid certificates. Refer to the table below for a list of alternative first aid certificates accepted by the Director of MNZ.
List of alternative first aid certificates
The following table describes alternative first aid certificates accepted by the Director under rule 81.35(2) on the basis that holders receive training to an equivalent or higher standard than the standard required in rule 81.35(1).
|Managing authority of first aid certificate||Certificate name||Equivalent to unit standard|
|NZQA||Unit standards 26551 and 26552||6400|
|NZ Red Cross||Comprehensive First Aid||6400|
|NZ St John Ambulance||First Aid Level 2||6400|
|Peak Safety||Outdoor First Aid||6400 and 424|
|Wilderness Medicine Institute||Wilderness First Aid||6400|
|Wilderness Medicine Institute||Wilderness First aid in combination with unit standard 265181||424|
|NZQA||Pre-Hospital Emergency Care – unit standards 25411, 25412, 14473||6400|
|NZQA||Pre-Hospital Emergency Care – unit standards 25411, 25412,14473 in combination with unit standards 265172 and 26518||424|
|British Red Cross||First Aid at Work (FAAW)||6400|
|American Red Cross||First Aid: Responding to Emergencies with Adult CPR component||6400|
1Unit standard 26518: Apply serious incident management skills as a senior raft guide on Grade III or above river environments. This unit is included in the senior raft guide qualification.
2Unit standard 26517: Coordinate and manage multiple craft trips as a senior guide on Grade III or above river environments. This unit is included in the senior raft qualification.
List of river rescue training course equivalents
The following table describes river rescue training courses that Maritime NZ considers consistent with the requirement detailed in the national raft guide award under rule 81.34(2). Evidence of successful completion of the courses will be accepted by Maritime NZ as evidence of trip leader currency in river rescue skills.
Maritime NZ acceptance is conditional on the scope of the training courses’ contents remaining in all substantive respects the same as described in the information available to Maritime NZ as at the date of acceptance.
|Training provider||Training course and certificate||Date of acceptance1|
|Boreal River Rescue||Whitewater Rescue Technician Level III||04 July 2018|
|Rescue 3 International||Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced||12 April 2016|
|Rescue 3 International||Whitewater Rescue Technician 2||12 April 2016|
|Rescue 3 International||River Rescue Certification - Professional||12 April 2016|
1Rule 81.34(2) itself does not confer any express discretion on the Director to accept equivalent courses. Acceptance here means that Maritime NZ considers that trip leaders successfully completing the named courses are maintaining currency in river rescue as required by rule 81.34(2).