On 23 May 2018 the Commission recommended that the Director of Maritime New Zealand continues to emphasise to recreational boat users the benefits of having crotch straps fitted to their lifejackets.
Maritime NZ confirms that it will continue to emphasise to recreational boat users the benefits of having crotch straps fitted to their lifejackets. Promoting the use of lifejackets appropriate to the type and place of operation is one of the key safety messages of Maritime NZ’s public boating safety campaign. As noted in my 9 May letter, the Lifejackets Fact Sheet available on the Maritime NZ website recommends the use of crotch straps to stop lifejackets riding up for situations other than very calm water, and points out that crotch straps are mandatory of all lifejackets work by children. We will continue to draw attention to this important safety message.