Every year the coastguard carries out many thousands of rescues around New Zealand, at a cost of literally hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. Thousands of people are rescued – but sadly not everyone gets home safe.
Don’t be one of those people. Over the last 5 days we’ve worked through the five essential safety rules for sup – the SUP SAFE code.
- Always wear the correct type of leash for the conditions
- Wear a PFD
- Know the conditions, now and forecast
- Take 2 waterproof ways to call for help
- Tell someone onshore your plans
They’re really easy to do, they don’t ruin your freedom, or affect your paddling, but they will prevent you becoming a statistic.