Ship­shape for the sea­son

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules.

These three mes­sages are the theme of this year’s Safer Boat­ing Week, run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 21. Auck­land’s deputy har­bour­mas­ter Chris­ti­aan Moss says that as we get closer to sum­mer it’s es­sen­tial that boat­ies make sure they have the tools and the skills to stay safe on the wa­ter.

Moss says drown­ing is con­sis­tently one of the main causes of un­in­ten­tional death in New Zealand and Ki­wis need to re­spect the wa­ter. ‘‘If you have a life­jacket, wear it. And if you’re go­ing out on the wa­ter make sure you tell some­one and check in with them reg­u­larly,’’ Moss says.

‘‘Another re­ally im­por­tant thing is to keep your cell­phone fully charged in a wa­ter­proof con­tainer.

‘‘Re­mem­ber if there’s an emer­gency to call 111 or broad­cast a mes­sage on VHF channel 16.’’.

Owner-op­er­a­tor of Penny Whit­ing Sail­ing School, Penny Whit­ing en­dorses the safe boat­ing state­ment to prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules. ‘‘How­ever I would like to re­mind boaters that the Auck­land weather and tides also have a huge in­flu­ence on your boat­ing plans.

‘‘Sum­mer is our windy time and boat­ing is a real plea­sure over the sum­mer months, if you plan cor­rectly,’’ Whit­ing says.

Go to mar­iti­menz.govt.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

SUP­PLIED

Deputy har­bour­mas­ter Chris­ti­aan Moss wants boat­ies to get pre­pared for sum­mer.

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