Bars are common around the country in harbours and rivers, if you go boating and want to get out into open seas you usually have to navigate them and they can be extremely dangerous. Bars can be found at Manukau, Kaipara, Raglan and many other areas in New Zealand and around the world.
Many experienced boaties have got into difficulty crossing a bar and each year, boats are damaged and people are killed or injured when attempts to navigate bar crossings go wrong.
Coastguard Northern Region runs a number of seminars and events to help boaties better manage the risks associated with bar crossings. They have some simple tips that all boaties should follow when crossing a bar:
The final piece of advice from Coastguard is: if in doubt, don't go out!
How to cross a bar safely.
Even for the most experienced boaties, bar crossings are a high-risk activity. Check out the video here on how to make safer bar crossings.
Don’t take any chances – with a Coastguard membership trained volunteers have got your back wherever you are in the country, and if you have an issue out on the water they’ll do all they can to get you home in one piece, free of charge. join online here.
06 December 2017