The team of 5 million must once again unite to beat COVID-19. As New Zealand enters an extended alert level period, Coastguard is following the advice of the Government and Maritime New Zealand.

Level 2 (not including Auckland)
You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, as long as it is done in a safe way where physical distancing and official public health guidance is applied. This includes boating and motorised water sports

Level 3 (Auckland only)
You can do low-risk recreation activities in your local area. This includes a swim at the beach and fishing from a wharf.

All recreational water-based activities involving sailing boats, motorised craft or motorised equipment are not permitted. Scuba diving is also not permitted under Level 3.

Kayaking, canoeing, rowing, surfing, wind surfing and paddle boarding are permitted however Maritime New Zealand recommend these activities take place within 200m from shore.

Check the conditions and possible changes in conditions before you undertake an activity. Know your limit – assess your competency level against the conditions and if in doubt, stay at home.

We want to assure you that our volunteers -- those who crew our rescue vessels, take to the skies in our search aircraft, and are on the end of the radio across New Zealand -- will remain on call to assist boaties, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our volunteers will be acting with extreme caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the size of response crews and forming tight crew bubbles, wearing additional PPE, increasing handwashing and contact tracing.

For further information about recreational boating at each Alert Level please visit Ministry of Transport’s website, Sport New Zealand’s website and Maritime New Zealand’s website.

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