Survey shows safe behaviour
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.
Boaties are being encouraged to be safe on the water.