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Useful Info

There are many different styles of canoes and kayaks, each designed for specific purposes. Use the appropriate canoe or kayak to ensure both a fun and safe experience. If you are a novice then get advice from a club before purchasing new equipment.

The minimum personal equipment required for safe canoeing or kayaking is:

  • suitable warm clothing, such as a wetsuit in winter or polyprops in summer
  • a buoyancy aid, worn at all times
  • a VHF radio and a cell phone. Keep them dry in a waterproof plastic bag (but do not remove it from the bag as you can speak through it).

If you are paddling a canoe or kayak at dusk or at night, then it is essential, and a legal requirement, to carry and utilize suitable lights. This includes a 360o white light, visible from 2 nautical miles, and/or a wide lens torch capable of signalling an approaching vessel in time to prevent a collision.

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The Diver’s Flag means a diver is in the water, so keep well clear and move at a slow speed.

Maintain at least 200 metres distance from the flag or keep your speed down to under 5 knots. A diver’s head is hard to see in the water or they may be just below the surface.

Remember to DiveSafe:

  • always dive with a buddy;
  • get professional instruction;
  • maintain your equipment;
  • take a refresher course.
Divers Flag

It is a legal requirement that a divers flag is displayed.

Overhead Bridge Clearances

Overhead clearances given as heights above chart datum at centre of each span i.e. subtract the tide height at the time to obtain actual clearance. Note: this may be as much as 3.6 metres at high water.

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AYBA Maritime Repeater Channels

Auckland Yacht & Boating Assn owns and operates two VHF Repeater stations for use by boating clubs:

  • Channel 66 - Located Whangaparaoa and covers Hauraki Gulf area.
  • Channel 27 - Located at North Head, Devonport and has a range from Tamaki to Hobsonville.

Users are reminded to switch to low power operation and to follow correct maritime radio operating procedure.

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