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Published: 2013-01-22 00:00:00

More than 50 people have attended the latest bar crossing day at Pauanui, run by the Tairua-Pauanui Coastguard unit with support from Waikato Regional Council.

Saturday’s course started with a 45 minute theory session. Then attendees were taken out on the Coastguard’s jet powered boat for a trip across the Tairua bar to see theory being put into action.

"The turnout of 53 people last Saturday, coupled with recent strong turnouts at other such courses in the region, show a solid demand for safety advice when it comes to crossing bars,” said navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway.

“The council will continue to support Coastguard bar crossing days as they’re great for giving boaties information and promoting water safety,” said Ms Botherway.

“Bar crossings are one of the highest risk activities a boatie will come across. One thing the council would really like to reiterate is that boaties must wear a lifejacket when crossing a bar.”

The local Coastguard will be looking to hold another bar crossing day at Pauanui – to register interest email pauanuicoastguard@vodafone.co.nz.

Other boating course information is available at www.boatingeducation.org.nz.

Meanwhile, people are being encouraged to submit on the review of the council’s navigation safety bylaw. More information is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/bylawreview