Safety

These safety notes are here to make the event fun and keep you safe – please read them and contact the organisers if you have any questions.

  • Every effort will be made to ensure a safe and fun event, however, it is important to note that organisers and volunteers cannot guarantee competitor safety.
  • Surf Life Saving New Zealand will be patrolling the course during the event in IRBs and on rescue boards, and the Coastguard may also be present.
  • If you feel unable to proceed further in the race or see another person in difficulty, raise your hand to attract lifeguard services or gently kick on your back to regain your breath.
  • Children under the age of 14 must have a guardian present on race day.
  • It is compulsory for competitors to attend their race briefing.
  • Race cut-off times are in place for your safety – 1 hour 40 minutes for 2.5 km, 40 minutes for the 1 km,  15 minutes for the 300 m and 40 minutes for the 2 km Stand Up Paddle Board event.
  • Competitors must comply with the directions of race officials, lifeguards, the Harbourmaster and the Coastguard.
  • Any injury must be reported to an event official as soon as possible.
  • Please tell an event official if you pull out of the race.
  • The lifeguard service will bring any entrants they deem to be incapable of competing further in the event to shore.
  • You should have a medical check prior to entry, and prepare for the event with appropriate training.
  • Competitors enter at their own risk.
  • Ocean race events are demanding and potentially dangerous. Risks include drowning, natural obstacles, man-made or controlled obstacles, and marine attack.
  • We recommend nervous competitors wear a wet suit for assistance with buoyancy and warmth.
  • All Stand Up Paddle Boarders (SUP) will need to wear a “personal flotation device.”
  • Please give assistance to fellow competitors in need of help.
  • Swimmers should be able to confidently swim the distance entered in the ocean.
  • SUP’s should be competent open water/ocean paddlers and able to complete the course.
  • Swimmers who are low in confidence should notify event officials at the race briefing – you will receive a different coloured swim cap for easy identification and support.