The next best thing to catching the big one is getting home after a trip out on the water and telling everyone about the big one. It’s all a quintessential part of the kiwi summer.
But the getting home part can be fraught with dangers. Waikato Regional Council’s ongoing aim this summer is to have everyone get home safely.
Council harbourmasters will be out in force over summer to help with that.
Lower Waikato zone harbourmaster Richard Barnett says: “Our team of harbourmasters is very much at home on the water.
“Our aim this summer is to have no-one die when boating on Waikato waters, whether at sea or on our inland waterways.
“We want to see everyone make it home safe after having a fantastic time out on the water.”
Richard’s top tips for making it home safe are:
“Good communications are particularly important,” says Richard.
“You need to be able to contact someone quickly if you’re in trouble.”
Going easy on alcohol was particularly important for skippers, he adds.
“You’re responsible for every life aboard your boat, so make sure you take that responsibility seriously and ensure everyone gets home safe by not overindulging in the holiday season cheer.
“It’s about having fun with family and friends and enjoying our big blue backyard, and getting home safely at the end of the day.”