On average, each year 19 or 20 people die in recreational boating accidents in New Zealand. Research shows that not wearing a lifejacket is the leading risk factor, and other key risks include: not carrying communications, not checking the weather, and drinking alcohol.
Safer Boating Code
New Zealand is a boaties’ paradise with over15,000 km of coast, waterways and lakes.
Nearly half of all adult Kiwis go boating each year with their friends and families. Therefore, it’s vital that if you own a boat, you know how to prepare your boat, check your gear and understand the rules.
If you’re new to boating, learn the lingo and get expert advice on what type of vessel and equipment best suits your needs.