The Outdoor Safety Code
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council encourages the use of The Outdoor Safety Code across all outdoor activities, sports and recreations.
- Plan your trip - Seek local knowledge, plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take. (More info)
- Tell someone - Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.(More info)
- Be aware of the weather - New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. (More info)
- Know your limits - Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. (More info)
- Take sufficient supplies - Make sure you have enough food, equipment and emergency rations for the worst case scenario. (More info)
- Take an appropriate means of communication. (More info)
The 5 safety points above have been created through expert consultation and are the core to all outdoor safety practices.
All of the points can be expanded upon depending on your specific recreation and geographic location, so use them as a starting point and make sure you know all you can about your activity before you head out.
Check it out in here: http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/VjHYJbh8mAM&
Online Outdoor Intentions Services
Adventure Buddy is a monitored outdoor intentions service provided free of charge by Adventure Gear Hire. Complete the online form and if you haven’t checked in by the due date and time, the Adventure Buddy team will attempt to contact the user and their registered contacts. If the missing person(s) still cannot be located, then the Adventure Buddy team will raise the alert directly with the New Zealand Police.
Adventure Smart - Use when you have a "Trusted Contact" you can leave your triip details with.
Roughplan provides an electronic Outdoor Intentions system which relies on your TRUSTED CONTACT to follow a process once you are overdue from your trip. This service is free.