Boaties are being urged to maintain a tight focus on safety ahead of the traditionally busy Labour Weekend on the Waikato region’s waterways and off the coast.
“If you’re heading out on the water over Labour Weekend or planning to use your boat over summer, it’s important to stay safe,” says Waikato Regional Council’s maritime services team leader Richard Barnett.
Top tips for making it home safe are:
Richard says council harbourmasters would be out and about helping to keep people safe over summer.
“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.”