Covid-19 Level 2 & 3 Boating Information


Unfortunately it’s happening again...we’re headed back into COVID-19 lock down, and our team of 5 million must once again unite and to minimise the spread! For the coming three days, Coastguard is following the advice of the Government and Maritime New Zealand.

LEVEL 2 (countrywide excluding 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 and wind surfing and paddle boarding are permitted however Maritime NZ 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 again be taking precautions 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.

Please refer to the Ministry of Transport’s website, Sport New Zealand’s website and Maritime NZs website for further information on recreational boating. For general COVID-19 info:

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