Kayaks and paddleboards

If you're heading out in a kayak or on a paddleboard, here are some guidelines to help you stay safe on the water.

  • Check the weather before you go out and be wary of offshore winds.
  • Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
  • Wear a lifejacket.
  • Be seen. During the day wear or display something bright coloured. At night, you need to display an all-round white light or have ready a bright torch so other vessels can see you.
  • Take at least one form of communication device with you (for example, a cell phone or VHF radio in a dry bag).
  • Learn the basics in flat, calm water.
  • For any board sport, if a lifejacket is not worn, a wetsuit or tether/leash appropriate to the conditions must be worn.
  • Keep a safe distance from swimmers.
  • If in doubt, don't go out!

There's more infomation about kayaking and paddleboarding on the regional council website to help you enjoy these sports safely – visit www.nrc.govt.nz/onthewater

People in kayaks.