BOAT­IES BE­HAV­ING MORE SAFELY

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New Mar­itime NZ re­search shows recre­ational boat­ies are be­hav­ing more safely, with var­i­ous in­di­ca­tors show­ing im­prove­ments. Life­jacket wear­ing be­hav­iour, for ex­am­ple, is steady. In ad­di­tion, more boat­ies are check­ing the weather, tak­ing two ways to call for help, and avoid­ing al­co­hol when go­ing out on the wa­ter.

The Ip­sos 2018 Recre­ational Boat­ing Sur­vey can­vassed adult mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic re­gard­ing their boat­ing habits. It ex­am­ined the ex­tent to which the pop­u­la­tion par­tic­i­pates in recre­ational boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, with a fo­cus on safe­tyre­lated at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours, and aware­ness of Mar­itime NZ’S re­cent recre­ational boat­ing safety cam­paigns and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mar­itime NZ Deputy Di­rec­tor (and In­com­ing Chair of the Safer Boat­ing Fo­rum) Sharyn Forsyth says the re­sults are en­cour­ag­ing.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see that 92% of boat­ies say that boat­ing safety is per­son­ally im­por­tant to them be­cause at­ti­tude in­flu­ences be­hav­iour. The decade spent by the Safer Boat­ing Fo­rum and coun­cils pro­mot­ing safer boat­ing is re­ally in­creas­ing boat­ies’ safety aware­ness.”

Life­jack­ets re­main the most preva­lent form of safety de­vice taken on boat­ing trips and the num­ber of boat­ies wear­ing their life­jack­ets on the wa­ter all or most of the time re­mains sta­ble at 75%.

“Most en­cour­ag­ing are the sig­nif­i­cant in­creases from last year in the three other risk ar­eas – check­ing the weather, tak­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and avoid­ing al­co­hol be­fore go­ing out on the wa­ter.”

Boat­ies check­ing the weather has risen to 85%; 67% are avoid­ing al­co­hol ‘every time’; and 43% of have at least two ways to sig­nal or call for help if needed.

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