(alphabetical listing)

ABC of Safety & Rescues
Emergency Communications – VHF – EPIRB old & new
Emergency Equipment & Marine Equipment Suppliers
H&S – Adventure Activity, Auditing & Clubs’ Exemption
Incidents & Accidents Database
KASK Safety Initiatives – Database – Brochure
Long load safety flags
Mayday and PanPan Call Format Change
Prevention of Collision at Sea
Radar Reflectors
Rescues – How to
Safety Equipment Tests
Safety Items – Decklines – Paddle securing straps – Leapfrogging self rescues
Trip Planning – Float Plan
Useful Kayak Safety Resources
Visibility of kayaks and paddle craft – Important Safety Notice – ARC Bylaw
VHF Channels Changed on 1 October 2016
Water Safety Champions for 2011 Celebrated – Caffyn
Weather Forecasts


Firstly – Andrew McCauley never actuated his beacon. It was tested after his kayak was retrieved and was found to be in working order – but it had never been activated. Quote: The NZ Coroner noted: “The EPIRB was not activated. Had it been activated the kayak would have been able to be pinpointed and …

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Trip Planning

Float Plan When filled out, this form will give anyone looking for your paddling group, some idea of the area you may be in, expected time away and number in the group. To be left with a contact or on one of the cars in a plastic bag, accessible if needed. Click here to download …

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Important Safety Notice

ARC Bylaw ~ Visibility of kayaks and paddle craft Effective from 1 July 2008 Clause 2.17 Auckland Regional Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2008 1. Every kayak and paddle craft that is navigating in waters beyond 200 metres from shore shall ensure they are highly visible to other vessels. This shall include: (a) wearing a high visibility …

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Radar Reflectors

Refer to this site – Radar Reflectors and Sea Kayak Visibility Also read the Radar, Reflectors and Sea Kayaks: A Visibility Study PDF (2.5 MB).

Other Safety Items

Decklines At a recent forum, during rescue practice, it was noticed how many kayaks had decklines fitted that were too tight to be grasped or used for holding on to the rescued kayak. It is better to have lines too loose than too tight. The lines on many models of kayaks are set up tight …

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Long load safety flags

The LTSA and the New Zealand Police Infringement Bureau revised and markedly increased infringement fees pertaining to offences relating to failing to identify an ‘over-dimension’ or ‘projecting’ load. As of December 2003, and pursuant to section 152 of the Land Transport Act, the New Zealand Police are now actively enforcing this legislation and prosecuting drivers …

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Prevention of Collision at Sea

See Maritime Rules Part 22: Collision Prevention Maritime Rules Part 22 Collision Prevention The rules can be downloaded as a PDF Maritime Rules, Part 22: Collision Prevention (247 KB) Some (but not necessarily all) items that may effect kayakers – Part 22 Collision Prevention Effective 30 July 2009

Useful Kayak Safety Resources

Towing ~ Describes a number of different towing setups. Towing Techniques PDF (765 KB). Cold water paddling ~ hypothermia, suitable clothing etc. Cold Water Safety PDF (634 KB).

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