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All users of Marine VHF Radios are required to hold a minimum of a Marine VHF
Operators Qualification (an exception is made for radio use only in emergency
or distress situations). To find out how to obtain this simple qualification, contact
Coastguard Boating Education on 0800-40-80-90 or email email@example.com.
All radio transmissions are required to be “individually identifiable”. Countries
throughout the world have adopted the marine VHF call sign system as being the
best option available.
Marine VHF call signs are held on a national database and are used solely for Search
and Rescue purposes.
Marine VHF call signs for recreational and commercial boaties are available from
Coastguard Boating Education, who maintain the database on behalf of Radio
Spectrum Management; a division of the Ministry of Economic Development. There
is a one-off charge of $35. To obtain your call sign contact Coastguard Boating
Education – free phone 0800-40-80-90 to provide credit card details.
Source: Coastguard NZ
Four rules for every trip:
Life jackets: take the correct sized life jacket for each person on board.
Marine weather: check the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out, keep
a regular check for changing conditions.
Keep In touch: always carry at least two reliable means of communication.
Skipper responsibility: the Skipper is legally responsible for the safety of all on
board and must act accordingly. Not sure of your ability? Get Educated!
Source: Water Safety NZ
Skippers – know the law!
As the skipper is legally responsible for complying with the maritime rules and
bylaws it pays to ensure you’re fully informed on what your responsibilities are. Non
compliance places you, your crew and other water users at risk. Ignorance of any
maritime rules or regional bylaws is not accepted as an excuse. Failure to comply
can lead to fines or prosecution.
Source: Water Safety NZ
Rules of the road on the water for ALL boats
There are some rules that apply to everyone on the water, no matter what sort of
boat you are operating:
you may find
it difficult to see another boat, eg in waves, rain, or fog, or when there is glare
on the water
for all boats in New Zealand is 5 knots (about 9 km/h) within 200 metres of shore
or any boat with a dive flag, and within 50 metres of any other boat or swimmer
know what to do when two boats meet – one boat has the right of way and the
other boat is the give way boat:
direction and be prepared to slow right down or stop if you are in doubt
must keep clear of the boat it is passing.
Source: Maritime NZ
What ALL skippers should know to stay safe on the water
boats under 6 metres they have to be worn unless the skipper decides that the
risk is very low at the time.
while you are out.
Carry at least two means of communicating distress on you, and for boats under
6 metres, these need to withstand immersion.
where you are going, how many people you have on board, and when you expect
If you have a VHF radio, make a trip report and stay in contact with Maritime Radio,
or the local Coastguard or marine radio service.
survive in an emergency.
Source: Maritime NZ
Southland’s rules of the water
Make sure you’re familiar with the boating Navigational Safety By-laws specific to
that all pleasure craft display a name or other identification on both sides
of the hull
These and other rules can be found on Environment Southland’ website – go to
www.es.govt.nz and search “boating rules”.
Recreational Boating Resources
Maritime NZ has a host of free resources available – check them out at
To learn more about safe boating, check out the courses on the Coastguard Boating
Education website www.boatingeducation.org.nz
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