Boaties will be seeing more than fish out on Auckland's waters this summer - police will be out patrolling the deep blue too.
The Auckland police Maritime Unit will be out on the water every day this summer, checking boats and talking to people in a bid to prevent any tragedies.
"Summer is finally here and that means a lot more of us are going to be out on our boats enjoying the good weather," said Acting Sergeant Garry Larsen.
"We just wanted to let you know that the police Maritime Unit will be out every day on the water, and we will be checking boats and educating our community about the importance of making sure everyone on board has a life jacket and the right equipment to keep you safe, such as a cellphone or VHF radio.
"We will be focusing on our popular fishing spots, such as Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island and those other areas we know are busy around this time of the year."
Larsen said boaties should check the weather forecast before heading out.
"This simple tip could save your life," he said.
"We want everyone to stay safe over this summer period and to make sure they return home to their families."
Larsen said it was crucial for people to inspect and know how to operate boats, dive gear, and other marine equipment before taking to the water.
"Being aware of safety procedures is also vital in minimising the risk for activities to go wrong," he said.
"Unfamiliarity with equipment, mixed with limited knowledge of water safety skills, a lack of planning and not choosing the right gear for the job is a recipe for disaster.
"Even the best skilled and prepared diver, boatie, or kayaker can be caught out by unexpected breakages or changes in sea conditions.
"The situation can be a lot worse for those who aren't prepared or don't appreciate how unforgiving the sea can be."
Stay safe on the water this summer
Water Safety New Zealand has a Boating Safety Code which includes five basic rules.
• Life Jackets
Boats, especially ones under 6m long, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.
• Marine Weather
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
• Avoid Alcohol
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.
• Skipper Responsibility
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.
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