Important! How to make our sport safer…
In order to try and deliver a clear and consistent safety message, NZ SUP developed the SUP SAFE CODE in 2019. A simple five point plan (aligned closely with the Maritime NZ Safer Boating Code) that covers all the essentials of SUP safety. The SUP SAFE code is shown below, and there’s also a video from the SUP SAFE course you can watch for more background and information.
If everyone followed the SUP safe code, the number of rescues and callouts would be dramatically reduced. And the code is very simple to follow. You’re probably already doing all of it yourself already.
So this is a hugely important safety message to get across. Virtually every safety-related incident that occurs is due to lack of education. As a SUP instructor you can (and should!) play your part in combating this. Talk to your clients about the SUP SAFE code.
Here’s the NZSUP SUP SAFE leaflet which you are welcome to use, it’s A4 and folds to A5, so is small, neat and easily distributed.
To view or download the full leaflet in PDF format, click here.
For more on how the SUP SAFE CODE is presented to the public, check out the video below, which is from the SUP SAFE courses.