Those three messages are the theme of this year’s Safer Boating Week, which runs until 21 October.
Auckland’s deputy harbourmaster Christiaan Moss says that as we get closer to summer it’s essential that boaties make sure they have the tools and the skills to stay safe on the water.
Mr Moss says drowning is consistently one of the main causes of unintentional death in New Zealand and Kiwis need to respect the water and make sure they stay safe.
“If you have a lifejacket, wear it. And if you’re going out on the water make sure you tell someone and check in with them regularly.”
He says Safer Boating Week is the perfect time for boaties to service their boat and to make sure all their safety and communication gear is in working order.
“Another really important thing is to keep your cellphone fully charged in a waterproof container. Remember if there’s an emergency to call 111 or broadcast a message on VHF channel 16.”