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The Outdoor Safety Code

Video Release Date: May 15, 2011
Video Source: YouTube

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council encourages the use of The Outdoor Safety Code across all outdoor activities, sports and recreations.  For more infor visit www.outdoorsafetycode.co.nz

Produced by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

1. 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)

2. Tell someone

  • Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. (More info)

3. Be aware of the weather

  • New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable.  Check the forecast and expect weather changes. (More info)

4. Know your limits

  • Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. (More info)

5. 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.

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