Adventure activity resources

View all guidelines for commercial adventure activity operators who are not required to have a Safe Operational Plan.

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Health and Safety at Work(Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016

The Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016 require adventure activity operators to obtain a recognised safety audit and to be registered with WorkSafe New Zealand.

A number of commercial vessels involved in adventure activities are not covered by the requirements of 4(1) of these regulations because, as commercial vessels, they are covered by a maritime document.

It is important to note that even if you have a maritime document for your vessel/operation there may be some aspects of your operation that are covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations and you should ensure that you are aware of, and comply with, any legal requirements that apply. Registration in itself does not mean that you have met your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Information about the requirements, and the activities covered by the regulations, is available on the WorkSafe NZ website.

MOSS-related activity guidelines

The following guidelines cover activities relating to your Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC). These guidelines need to be considered when developing your operator plan.

Safety guidelines: High-speed / thrill-ride vessel experiences

These guidelines are for operators of commercial high-speed and thrill-ride vessels operating at sea or on lakes where the vessel is exposing passengers or crew to gravitational forces in excess of 5 g at any stage of the ride. (They do not apply to jet boat operations regulated under Maritime Rule Part 82: Commercial Jet Boat Operations - River.) The guidelines have information not covered in MNZ’s Safety Guidelines for Passenger and Non-Passenger Vessels, and are intended to operate alongside them.

Safety guidelines: Vessels involved in swimming operations

These guidelines are intended to help commercial operators of vessels involved in swimming operations to develop and implement their safety systems and deliver their activities safely. They are intended to operate alongside MNZ’s Safety Guidelines for Passenger and Non-Passenger Vessels, and contain information not covered in those guidelines.

Safety guidelines: Parasailing operations

These guidelines provide activity-specific safety information for commercial operators of vessels involved in parasailing, and are intended to operate alongside MNZ’s Safety Guidelines for Passenger and Non-Passenger Vessels. They cover information not covered in those guidelines and should be read together.

Where the activity of parasailing involves a parachute being towed behind a boat, it is regulated under the Maritime Transport Act and the Civil Aviation Act. The specific rules are set out in the Maritime Rules applicable to the operation of ships and in Civil Aviation Rule Part 101: Gyrogliders and Parasails; and Unmanned Balloons, Kites, Rockets and Model Aircraft - Operating Rules.

Safety guidelines: Shark cage diving

These guidelines provide activity-specific safety information for commercial operators of vessels involved in shark cage diving, and are intended to operate alongside MNZ’s Safety Guidelines for Passenger and Non-Passenger Vessels. They cover information not covered in those guidelines and should be read together.

The guidelines cover only the safety aspects of the shark cage diving activity. The Department of Conservation has a code of practice that addresses conservation aspects of the activity.

Safety guidelines: Managing risks: alcohol and other drugs - raft and jet boat operators

In jet boating and rafting, detection of alcohol and other drugs use that can cause impairment is critical to establishing safe operations for all people involved. This guidance will help you manage the workplace hazard of impairment from the use of alcohol and other drugs, in fulfilment of your duties under the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) 2004 and the Health and Safety in Employment Act (HSE Act) 1992.

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