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Winterising your boat
A few simple steps to winterise your boat now, can save you a lot of aggravation and expense come summer.
Checking your battery
Avoid ruining a day on the water by making sure your battery is in good nick.
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.
All about lifejackets
While it’s true that any lifejacket is better than none when you head out on the water, it’s a good idea to select the best lifejacket for your activity.
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.
Crossing a bar
Crossing a bar can be very dangerous. Check out our tips for getting across safely.
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.
At Coastguard we’re all about people being responsible boaties, but we also want you to be responsible fishos out there.
Five handy knots to know
You're going to need to know some practical knots for boating.
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.
Looking after your lifejackets
Read our tips on how to best care for your lifejacket over the years.
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.
Making a Bar Crossing Report
Crossing a bar is dangerous. A Bar Crossing Report can be made via VHF radio or cellphone, to let Coastguard know and keep watch as you head out over a bar.
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