Each year, the 2,000 Coast Guard volunteers help bring more than 8,000 kiwis home safely to mainland – across the coasts, major rivers and lakes of Aotearoa. Photo / Chronicle of Whanganui
Coastguard, and its new partner Tower, are calling on all boaters to prepare for a safe summer.
After another year of containment, the two organizations both anticipate a boom in activity in New Zealand waters.
Coast Guard chief executive Callum Gillespie said that in 2020 there were 1,672,920 pleasure craft in New Zealand. From motorboats, sailboats, jet skis and everything in between, Kiwis love to get out on the water, and the summer of 2021/2022 could be even bigger.
“The key is to take action to stay safe on the water. Unforeseen events can always happen, such as equipment failures, operator distraction, and gasoline failure, and now is the time to prepare.
“Covering the basics of good nautical preparation considerably reduces your risks on the water. Proper life vests, two forms of communication and fire extinguishers are a must and of course having a plan in case you need assistance on the water. “
Each year, the 2,000 Coast Guard volunteers help bring more than 8,000 kiwis safely home to mainland – from Cape Rēinga to Bluff and across the coasts, major rivers and lakes of Aotearoa.
Despite the unpredictable nature of our country’s waters, less than 60 percent of boats are insured in Aotearoa. This poses a risk to owners and the other boats that Tower and Coastguard seek to resolve.
Tower General Manager Blair Turnbull said: “We are partnering with Coastguard to help even more Kiwis on the Water by supporting their operations as well as their phenomenal volunteers.
“After having done the major projects during confinement, we hope this summer that boaters will take additional precautions to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones on the water.
Meanwhile, Coastguard New Zealand is delighted to welcome shipping retailer Marine Deals on board as a Recommended Shipping Retail Partner.
Marine Deals is a proud New Zealand family business that, since 2009, has been making some of the best marine and fishing gear available to avid boaters. Marine Deals and Coastguard share a strong alignment of values, both dedicated to keeping people safe while they enjoy fishing, boating and the outdoors.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Marine Deals to our valued family of partnerships. Partnerships like this directly benefit our frontline volunteers, add value to our members while working together to make a difference in the communities of Aotearoa, ”says Georgie Smith, Custodian Marketing and Communications Manager. -cotes.
Marine Deals Managing Director Graham Dekker said: “We are proud to be the Coast Guard Recommended Shipping Retailer. Coast Guard volunteers are at the heart of it all, providing an essential service across the country that every boater never knows when they might need to call. “
The top five ways to prepare for summer boating:
• 1. Check that your life jackets are in good condition.
• 2. Have two forms of communication with you – VHF radio, your cell phone, or flares.
• 3. Make sure you have working fire extinguishers on board.
• 4. Make sure your insurance is up to date.
• 5. Check that your Coast Guard membership is up to date and that the contact details are correct.