When you are heading outdoors specifically, we encourage you to follow the advice of the Police and Search and Rescue agencies and get familiar with the 5 simple steps of the Outdoor Safety Code in order to plan and prepare for a safe trip.
5 simple rules to help you stay safe:
1. Plan your trip
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you’ll take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. Tell someone
Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.
3. Be aware of the weather
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
4. Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.
5. Take sufficient supplies
Make sure you have enough food, equipment, clothing and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
You can find more information, including the Boating and Water safety codes, by going to www.adventuresmart.org.nz/Resources/Safety-Codes.