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Bar Awareness Seminars

Important information to consider when planning a bar crossing:

Bar crossings can be dangerous, so it's important to have the right local knowledge and skills before heading out. You must:

- understand the state of the bar

- be able to interpret the conditions

- be able to assess the ever-changing shape and location of the channel

Before attempting to cross a bar:

 Before attempting to cross a bar you must do the following:

1. Prepare your boat and crew by securing all moveable objects and ensure the weight, including the passenger load is low. Check that the engine and steering are performing correctly and secure all the hatches.

2. Ensure all passengers on board are wearing a well-fitted life jacket.  

3.  Make sure you keep an eye on the conditions and study the nature of the seas to find the best route to take. Remember the best time to cross a bar is at high water. Avoid crossing when the tide is going out.

4. Make sure you put a call in on your VHF radio to Coastguard or Maritime Radio immediately before AND after crossing the bar 

Helpful Tips about Bar Crossings

Watch the video and take a look at these helpful tips before you cross a bar.

For more information on bar crossing safety, click here.

Bar Awareness Seminars

Bar Awareness seminars will include information on how a bar works, the best times to cross a bar, boat handling tips and describe the local area and conditions to consider.

There are seminars available that are run by specific Coastguard Units. 

Please click on links provided below to register for the seminars.

The Bar Awareness Seminars have been completed for 2023.

For more information, please contact barsafety@coastguard.nz

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To use your National Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the Discount Code field below (e.g. 123456). This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

To use your National Coastguard NZ 15% membership discount on other selected Home Study courses, input "CGM" and your Coastguard membership number (e.g. CGM78091) into the  "Discount Code" field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. The courses included in this discount offer are: Day Skipper (Not to be used in conjunction with $100 discount), Boatmaster, Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate, Inboard Engine Maintenance, Outboard Engine Maintenance and GPS Operator.

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