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Boat Ramp Surveys Report 2011

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Report: TR 2011/11
Author: Kim Parker

Abstract

The role of the Waikato Regional Council’s Navigation Safety programme is to ensure safe and navigable waterways with the goal of reducing boating related deaths, injuries, accidents and incidents.

Skippers of recreational vessels have been surveyed at various boat ramps in the Waikato region over the past five years to measure compliance with provisions of the bylaw and with safe boating best practices.

In 2007, a one-off survey was completed to assess compliance with personal flotation devices (PFDs/lifejackets) regulations. In 2008 the survey was expanded to include additional questions on provisions of the bylaw and other safe boating recommendations. In 2009 – 2011 surveys, additional variations to the questions were made. Consequently while there have been variations in the questionnaires used, they nevertheless have enabled trends over time to be assessed.

Boat Ramp Surveys Report 2011 (226 kb)

Table of contents

  Abstract v
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Background 1
1.2 Purpose 1
1.3 Methodology 1
2 Results 2
2.1 General information 2
2.1.1 Vessel types surveyed 2
2.1.2 Frequency boating per annum 2
2.2 Personal flotation devices (PFDs) 3
2.2.1 PFDs carried aboard vessel 3
2.2.2 Children wearing PFD 4
2.3 Communications 4
2.4 Communications carried 4
2.4.1 Communications carreid by area 4
2.5 Types of communications carried 5
2.6 Cell in dry bag 5
2.7 Weather checked 6
2.8 Residential location 6
2.8.1 Residential location by area 6
2.9 Name on vessel 6
3 Trend information/results comparison 7
4 Summary and recommendations 8
4.1 General 8
4.2 Personal flotation devices 8
4.3 Communications 8
4.4 Weather 8
4.5 Name on vessel 9
4.6 Residential location 9
5 Conclusion 9
  Appendices 10
  Appendix A 10
  Appendix B 11
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