Recreational boating research
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Each year a number of people die while participating in recreational boating, an activity pursued for enjoyment, or for the benefit of friends or family.
Maritime NZ has compiled in report evaluating the key contributing factors into 92 recreational boating accidents between January 2015 and December 2020. The accidents claimed 98 lives between them.
Each accident is tragic and has its own unique set of circumstances, but the common factors across these accidents can help highlight ways that similar deaths may be prevented in the future.
In early 2021, Maritime NZ commissioned a Recreational Boating Literature Review titled: Boating Competency and Safety Decisions.
This work was undertaken by Associate Professor Mike Brown, Auckland University of Technology, Associate Professor Mike Boyes, University of Otago, and Mr Rob Hewitt, Liveit Enterprises.
The review focused on understanding what additional competencies should be included in a model that expands from water competency to boating competency, and what were the main factors affecting people’s decision making around safety on boating trips.Recreational boating literature review - 2021 [PDF: 1.54MB, 61 pages] Watch rec boating literature review video [Vimeo: MP4, 18 mins 17 secs]
In February 2022, Maritime New Zealand commissioned Litmus to conduct a qualitative study on how different communities in Aotearoa New Zealand use craft in interactions with marine environments, how they kept themselves safe while doing so and what ideas they had for how safety could be improved.
This report presents the findings from the research, grouped by each of the four communities that were involved in the project, with cross-cutting themes and questions identified to prompt ways forward for the sector.
Since 2014 Maritime NZ has been undertaking research into recreational boating.
Research NZ conducted the recreational boating research in 2014 and 2016.
From 2017 to 2020, Ipsos New Zealand has conducted the survey annually, before a shift to quarterly surveys from quarter 1 in 2021.
Since 2017 Ipsos New Zealand has been undertaking the Recreational Boating Survey for Maritime NZ. This took place once a year, after the busy boating season of summer. The survey asks questions about recreational boat ownership and use, recreational boating information sources, and perceived recreational boating risks.
In 2021, Ipsos and Maritime NZ recognised the benefits of surveying more often and began running surveys on a quarterly basis. See below reports from the surveys completed to date.
2022 reportsRecreational Boating Monitor - Report Q4 2022 [PDF: 2.7MB, 40 pages] Recreational Boating Monitor - Report Q3 2022 [PDF: 2.64MB, 43 pages] Recreational Boating Monitor - Report Q2 2022 [PDF: 2.74MB, 83 pages] Recreational Boating Monitor - Report Q1 2022 [PDF: 2.62MB, 47 pages]
2021 reportsRecreational Boating Monitor - Report Q4 2021 [PDF: 2.31MB, 53 pages] Recreational Boating Monitor - Report Q3 2021 [PDF: 2.19MB, 41 pages]
Annual report 2021, includes Quarters 1 and 2Recreational Boating Monitor - Report Q1/2 2021 [PDF: 2.43MB, 43 pages]
Ipsos 2020Recreational boating research - 2020 [PDF: 3.14MB, 35 pages] On-Water Survey 2019/20 - Data summary [PDF: 746kB, 4 pages]
2019Recreational boating research - 2019 [PDF: 5.71MB, 49 pages]
2018Recreational boating research - 2018 [PDF: 4.57MB, 39 pages]