Boat Safety Research

Boat Safety Research

Four key risk factors have been identified by the New Zealand Safer Boating Forum for targeted interventions.

These are:

  1. Failure to wear lifejackets in small craft;
  2. Not being able to communicate when an accident happens;
  3. Failing to check forecasts to avoid boating in bad weather and sea conditions, and
  4. Avoiding alcohol consumption, as it is likely to impair judgement and may be a factor in accidents and fatalities.

For the last three years Ipsos New Zealand has carried out research regarding boating participation in New Zealand for Maritime New Zealand (maritimenz.govt.nz ). This research shows that over 1.5 million adult New Zealanders are involved with recreational boating (Griffiths, Dodd & Karkaria, 2018). Slightly more males participate compared to females (54% v. 64%), and over two thirds (72%) identify as New Zealand European / Pākehā. The 2018 research indicates that while some significant improvements have clearly been made by recreational boaties in some of these key areas, there is still room to further improve risk-related behaviour on the water.

In addition, recreational boating behavioural research has been undertaken on-the-water by eight councils and Maritime NZ (Water Survey Results 2017).

Almost two thirds (64%) of recreational boaties were using a powerboat. Males were primarily powerboat users (69% of males) and females primarily paddle craft users (52% of females).

Initial results show up to 93% of boaties were wearing lifejackets when they are required to. In addition, 96% were carrying enough lifejackets for everyone on board.

References:

Griffiths, R., Dodd, J. & Karkaria, Y. (2018). 2018 Recreational Boating Participation Research, June 2018. Ipsos, Auckland.

Maritime New Zealand. (2017). On-the-water Survey. Maritime New Zealand.