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Boaties reminded to take extra care this Labour Weekend

Boaties are being reminded to take all the necessary steps to ensure they are extra safe on the water this coming Labour Weekend.

Waikato Regional Council's maritime services leader, Richard Barnett says, “We want you to have fun if you’re heading out on the water over Labour Weekend or planning to use your boat over summer, but it’s important to stay safe.”

The call comes following the national Safer Boating Week launched last Friday in Wellington where more than 30 people jumped off Queens Wharf in Wellington in their life jackets.

Safety Boating Week is about reminding boaties to take simple steps to prepare before they take to the water.

Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you are safe:

  • Make sure the marine weather and tide are going to be good before heading out
  • Check your equipment before heading out
  • Wear a correctly sized life jacket
  • Know all relevant boating rules
  • Carry two forms of waterproof communications that are right for the area and enable you to make contact with someone during the trip
  • Let someone else know you're heading out and what time you intend to be home
  • Avoid alcohol