Bar crossings can be very hazardous, even for the most experienced of boaties. They should only ever be tackled with the right attitude, equipment, and knowledge.
With bar crossings continuing to be one of the biggest risk issues for boaties in the Waikato, the Waikato Regional Council’s maritime team is supporting the upcoming round of Coastguard bar crossing safety courses in Raglan and Kawhia.
The Raglan course is on Sunday 13 March and the Kawhia course is on Sunday 24 April.
“Raglan and Kawhia are west coast bars with bad reputations for a reason. They can be very difficult and, if not navigated properly, it can lead to capsizing and possible fatalities and injuries,” said the council’s maritime service team leader Richard Barnett.
“We urge boaties intending to cross these bars to join in on one of the bar education days being offered by Coastguard. The time invested could equate to a life saved.”
Those interested in the Raglan course, which will run from 8.30am at the Raglan Bowling Club, corner James and Wallis streets, should contact Brigid Green through email@example.com or 07 825 8089. The fee is $30 if pre-registered or $35 on the day. A lifejacket is required as there will be a trip out to the bar.
The Kawhia course starts at 9am, at the Kawhia Boating and Angling Club, 124 Omimiti Street. Everyone is welcome to attend the free presentation, and a trip across the bar in Raglan Coastguard’s boat is $30. To register for this course head to www.coastguard.org.nz or freephone 0508 RESCUE (737 283).
Spaces are limited for both courses.