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Top ten tips for safe boating this summer

With the summer holiday season on the cusp of kick off, Waikato Regional Council’s navigation safety team is wishing all water users safe and enjoyable boating.

The team’s harbourmasters have combined their years of experience to put forward the top 10 boating musts for this summer.

  1. Wear a lifejacket.
  2. Carry two forms of communications.
  3. Check the weather forecasts, tides and swell.
  4. Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  5. Carry enough fuel for your trip and some in reserve.
  6. Take safety equipment, including a first aid kit, spare rope, a second form of propulsion, and a bailer.
  7. Switch on navigation lights from dusk ‘til dawn.
  8. Have an observer when towing – it takes three to ski.
  9. Keep to 5 knots (9 kph or a fast walking pace) within 50 metres of another vessel or swimmer and 200 metres off the shore.
  10. Make sure the bung is in before you launch.


Skippers wanting more information on boating rules and how to be safe on the water should go to or phone the council’s navigation safety team on 0800 800 401.

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