All boating activities are regulated by Maritime New Zealand and the regional council for each area. Bar crossings are a high risk activity for even the most experienced boatie. The Waikato Regional Council has paired up with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to produce five bar crossing films, which will walk you through the key safety steps to undertake to ensure you make a safer bar crossing.
Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.
Take two seperate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.
You must carry a correctly sized, serviceable lifejacket for each person on board a pleasure boat in New Zealand.