Sur­vey shows safe be­hav­iour

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Boat­ies are be­ing safer on the wa­ter but Mar­itime NZ is warn­ing them to keep up the good work head­ing into sum­mer.

Life­jacket wear­ing be­hav­iour is steady and more boat­ies are check­ing the weather, tak­ing two ways to call for help, and avoid­ing al­co­hol when go­ing out on the wa­ter.

Safer Boat­ing Fo­rum and Mar­itime NZ deputy di­rec­tor chair­woman Sharyn Forsyth said the 2018 Ip­sos sur­vey was en­cour­ag­ing and shows boat­ies’ safety be­hav­iour has im­proved in the four key risk ar­eas iden­ti­fied and tar­geted by the 23-mem­ber Safer Boat­ing Fo­rum.

“This sur­vey is a good in­di­ca­tor of how pre­pared boat­ies are in the run up to Labour Day week­end, which is tra­di­tion­ally when boat­ies get back on the wa­ter. Un­less they prop­erly pre­pare their boat, make good de­ci­sions be­fore they leave and check their gear, it can also be a time when fa­tal­ity num­bers start to rise,” Ms Forsyth said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see that 92 per cent of boat­ies say that boat­ing safety is per­son­ally im­por­tant to them as 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 all, or most of the time, on the wa­ter, re­mains sta­ble at 75 per cent.

“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 per cent; 67 per cent are avoid­ing al­co­hol ‘ev­ery time’; and 43 per cent of have at least two ways to sig­nal or call for help if needed.

Our sum­mer Safer Boat­ing cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing boat­ies to check and wear their life­jacket and take a VHF marine ra­dio.

Boat­ies, safer boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, coun­cils and those keen to know more about how peo­ple be­have on the wa­ter can have a look at our new in­ter­ac­tive in­fo­graphic which high­lights re­sults of the Ip­sos re­search.

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Boat­ies are be­ing en­cour­aged to be safe on the wa­ter.

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