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Stay safe in the water this holiday season

Stay safe in the water this holiday season

Auckland Council Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton asks that Aucklanders take care when out on the water this festive season.

“We are not trying to be the fun police – but it is important to us that Aucklanders are safe on the water this summer,” he says.

Hayton continues, “We ask that boaties be aware of the various no anchoring and no fishing areas – it is prohibited to anchor in the Commercial Shipping Channel as well as anchoring or fishing in the Cable Protection Area.”

“We have this issue every year and skippers caught doing so can face a heavy fine.”

Skippers should also be aware of the speed restrictions on the water. No vessel must exceed 5 knots (9 km/h) within 200 meters of the shore or within 50 meters of another vessel or person in the water. There is a 12Knot zone from North Head to the Harbour Bridge.

Skippers are reminded that their vessels should have a boats name displayed on the hull.

Key tips for summer safety:

· Wear a lifejacket – take the correct sized lifejacket for each person on board, and wear them

· Check the marine weather – check the latest marine forecast and tides before you go out. If in doubt, don't go out

· Carry emergency communications – have at least two types that will work when wet. Keep them on you

· The speed of your vessel must not be more than 5 knots within 200m of the shore or 50m from another vessel or person in the water

· Ensure that your vessel displays the correct navigational lights when operating at night

· Don’t overload your vessel

· Make sure that your vessel is in seaworthy condition

· Avoid alcohol, it impairs your judgment and survival chances if you end up in the water.

· If you are kayaking choose bright colours that contrast with the environment, for your kayak, personal flotation device , clothing and hat

· Know where you can safely kayak

· Swimmers should avoid swimming in areas of high boating traffic such as the main shipping channel and open speed lanes of the Waitematā Harbour.

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