Royal New Zealand Coastguard
" The Charity saving lives at sea "
President Christmas Message...
On behalf of the Coastguard Whangamata Executive, I would like to extend the compliments of the season to not only our hard working volunteers, but to all other members of the Whangamata community who give of their time to support Coastguard Whangamata in a variety of ways.
Very few organisations of our size have such a strong core of good people so willing to help out for the benefit our community and of Coastguard New Zealand as a whole. For that we sincerely thank you.
Christmas is about spending time with family and friends. It’s about creating happy memories that will last a lifetime. We wish you and your whanau an enjoyable and safe festive season.
Coastguard is the charity that provides New Zealand's primary maritime search and rescue service.
The organisation operates from a network of four regions and 71 affiliated units, located around the coastline and major lakes of New Zealand.
Coastguard Whangamata promotes Skipper Responsibility as the core principle to safe boating.
At all times the individual in charge of the boat or craft must take all practical steps to keep their craft and those on board
Coastguard Whangamata currently has 64 active volunteers.
These include 22 CRV crew members of which 3 are skippers, 9 duty officers, 1 SAR controller,
33 radio operators (7 are home based) and a governing committee of 10.
Coastguard Whangamata has a close working relationship with Police,
Surf Lifesaving Whangamata and St John Ambulance.
7 day forecasts, actual boating safety ratings, windspeeds, wave heights and tides from Metservice. If you are planning an offshore trip or some blue water fishing you might want to check out Metvuw ocean weather maps and it's extensive pool of weather and climate information
By becoming a member, your vessel and on shore contact details are held in our data base. These details can prove invaluable in an emergency situation. If your vessel is disabled at sea, we will provide free assistance to get you back to a safe haven.
Whangamata Coastguard maintains close liaison with other emergency agencies in the event of need and weather forecasts are provided at regular intervals throughout the day.
Whangamata Coastguard is now linked in with the Eastern and Northern Region communications hub. This seamless link enables 24hr VHF communications in our coverage area.
Along with providing training to all volunteers, Coastguard Whangamata maintain their rescue vessel: The "Gardner Rescue"