Waka Ama NZ in partnership with Water Safety New Zealand has created a Waka Ama NZ Water Safety Hub a one-stop-shop for all of our Waka Ama Water Safety content, plus the latest resources and information to keep our waka whānau safe on the water.
Not only do we want our waka ama whānau to enjoy their waka ama experience every time but we also want them to feel and be safe in and around our waka and the water. The purpose of this Waka Ama Water Safety Hub is to bring all of our water safety knowledge and resources together into one place and to reiterate to our waka ama whānau kia maanu, kia ora - stay afloat, stay alive!
The purpose of this video and the resources is to provide our clubs, paddlers and community with an online resource that educates our waka ama whānau in the area of water safety.
This video explains:
Waka Ama NZ recommends that clubs ensure all members should be proficient in this skill and feel comfortable doing it.
This drill should be completed in a safe and controlled environment (that can be outside) and that life jackets should be worn for the duration of the drill.
Always ensure all instructions are clear to the paddlers - the best place to tautoko your paddlers flipping their waka - is in the water with them.
Click here for the video.... please share with your club, whānau, friends and wider waka ama whānau. Enjoy!!
The Waka Ama Safety Officer should be someone who is experienced with water safety. The following is a simple guide to assist clubs in appointing a Waka Ama Water Safety Officer. This also includes the roles and responsibilities of this officer
There are a number of duties that a water safety officer can carry out, this includes:
Water Safety Officers will also play an important role at Waka Ama Events such as:
The purpose of this booklet is to educate our waka ama whānau in six key areas of water safety in relation to waka ama.
These key areas are:
This booklet aims to provide new and existing members with basic water safety information so they feel safe and able when heading out on the water.
Follow this link for a printable version: bit.ly
This Waka Ama NZ Club Safety Kete holds all of the required and recommended Waka safety gear that will ensure paddlers are safe when they head out on the water.
For more information follow this link https://wakaama.co.nz/pages/view/1003719
There are a number of courses available that may help the Water Safety Officer develop their knowledge and skills. These courses could be subsidised by the club or specific funding applied for to complete these courses; such as:
CBE Waka Ama Safety Basics
CBE Maritime VHF Operators course
CBE Day Skipper
CBE Boat Master
More information can be found here http://www.boatingeducation.org.nz/courses/
The aim of local bylaws is to ensure the safety of waterway users and reduce the conflicts between different water-based activities (including lakes, rivers or harbours). Instant fines may be given for offences against a regional bylaw, and for more serious offences, you may be prosecuted. Check with the area you are paddling in to determine the specific bylaws.
Bay of Plenty Region: www.boprc.govt.nz
Gisborne District: www.gdc.govt.nz
Hawke's Bay: www.hbrc.govt.nz
Northland Region: www.nrc.govt.nz
Taranaki Region: www.trc.govt.nz
Waikato Region: www.waikatoregion.govt.nz
Wellington Region: www.gw.govt.nz
Environment Canterbury: www.ecan.govt.nz
Central Otago District: www.codc.govt.nz
Grey District Council: www.greydc.govt.nz
Marlborough Region: www.marlborough.govt.nz
Nelson City: www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz
Otago Regional Council: www.orc.govt.nz
Queenstown Lakes District: www.qldc.govt.nz
Southland Regional Council: www.es.govt.nz
Tasman District Council: www.tasman.govt.nz
West Coast Region: www.wcrc.govt.nz
See attached a number of resources that can be used as templates to support the water safety officer
*Please note we are going to add more resources to assist the club and water safety officer, if you have any questions or suggestions please contact email@example.com
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
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