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Keen to find out more about all things boating? This is your one-stop-shop for boating tips and tricks.

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Coastguard have teamed up with Wireless Nation to bring members a special deal on broadband you can use at home, the bach, boat and even vehicles during travel.

Winterising your boat

A few simple steps to winterise your boat now, can save you a lot of aggravation and expense come summer.

Century Marine Pro battery

Checking your battery

Avoid ruining a day on the water by making sure your battery is in good nick.

Check your fuel before summer

If your boat has been laid up over winter, now’s a good time to check over it before you head back out. 

Buccanneer boat

When to check your gear

Here's a handy checklist for when it comes to checking the gear aboard your boat.

Do you have a callsign?

All VHF radio transmissions in New Zealand are legally required to be individually identifiable, and the best way to do this is with a callsign.

Handheld flare

All about flares

If you're in an emergency and you need to attract attention, you need to know how to use flares safely and effectively.

Snapper swimming in the water

Fishing regulations

At Coastguard we’re all about people being responsible boaties, but we also want you to be responsible fishos out there.

Woman tying a knot

Five handy knots to know

You're going to need to know some practical knots for boating.

Child with lifejacket

How to choose a well fitting lifejacket

A lifejacket is only good for saving your – or your child’s – life if it stays on snugly when you need it.

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Looking after your lifejackets

Read our tips on how to best care for your lifejacket over the years.

Men wearing lifejackets.

Looking out for divers

The role of boatperson is a key one for a safe and enjoyable dive. Establish and agree on a plan before leaving the boat.

Other handy contacts

A list of handy contact details to make sure you know who to get hold of when out at sea.

clean NZ environment

Protecting our marine environment

Here are three easy ways to keep yourself out of trouble and our marine environment clean.

Boatie's Best Mate.

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