Lifejackets are essential for all recreational activities on the water.
Why lifejackets are essential
Lifejackets save lives. They're essential for all recreational activities on the water.
All lifejackets must meet NZ Standard 5823:2005 or another standard accepted by Maritime NZ. If not being worn they must be stowed in an easily accessible location. This rule applies to all boats including tenders to larger craft.
It is the skipper’s legal responsibility to ensure that correctly fitting lifejackets are available for each person on board a vessel and must be worn in situations of heightened risk, such as when crossing a bar, in rough water, in an emergency and by anyone who can’t swim.
Some local councils enforce bylaws that make it a legal requirement to wear lifejackets at all times on small craft. Check with the area you are boating in to determine the bylaws that will apply to you.
LIfejacket education is part of the Water Skills For Life programme for children in schools.