The Boating Safety Code
• Wear a life jacket → Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water, and it is a legal requirement to carry a correctly sized, serviceable life jacket for each person on board.
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• Skipper responsibility → The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Ensure that you stay within the limits of your vessel and of your experience.
• Communications → Take two seperate waterproof communication devices, whether that is a flare, locator beacon or satellite device, in case you need to raise an alarm.
• Marine weather → New Zealand's weather can be unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
• Avoid alcohol → Safe boating practice and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water, so you need to stay alert and aware at all times.