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Published: 2013-11-19 00:00:00

A big turnout at the latest Raglan Bar crossing course for boaties is a great sign, says Waikato Regional Council’s navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway.

The Raglan Coastguard-run event, held with council support last Sunday, attracted 77 people.

“It’s excellent to see boaties are taking safety seriously and preparing themselves for the challenge of crossing this notoriously difficult bar,” said Mrs Botherway.

“These courses are very well run, with a real commitment to excellence aimed at preventing boating fatalities and injuries.”

The courses involve taking participants through an hour session on best practice theory.

Then attendees are taken on a Coastguard vessel to show theory being used practically out on the bar.

“The council’s Raglan harbourmaster Kim McKenzie believes accidents have decreased at the bar since the courses were introduced,” said Mrs Botherway.

“We’ll continue to support these courses. Partnering with community organizations such as Coastguard is an important part of our navigation safety work.”

Raglan Coastguard is taking pre-registrations for its next course. Email the secretary at raglancoastguard@gmail.com