Safety at Sea
Safety is Paramount at Kaikoura Kayaks!
You can be rest assured that all of our activities are operating under a safety management system which is audited by professionals. Our qualified guides can be trusted to provide a safe, enjoyable experience
OutdoorsMark is the national outdoor safety audit programme which Kaikoura Kayaks is formally audited by.
One of OutdoorsMark's fundamental objectives is to provide participants on local adventure activities an assurance that the management of the activities has been thoroughly checked by an independent expert.
If the operation is assessed by the auditor as being at or above these benchmark safety standards laid out within the OutdoorsMark certification scheme, Skills Active grants an OutdoorsMark certificate.
OutdoorsMark aims to:
- Promote safe participation
- Provide an assurance that national outdoor safety standards for safety and professionalism are being maintained
- Raise standards in the delivery of adventure activities
- Reduce the risk of injuries and accidents
- Establish procedures for continual review and revalidation.
WorkSafe New Zealand
WorkSafe NZ administers the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011.
Under the regulations, operators that provide adventure activities must be registered with WorkSafe NZ. To be registered, operators must pass a safety audit. OutdoorsMark meets Worksafe NZ requirements.
NZOIA is the professional body for outdoor instructors and all guides / instructors hold NZOIA Sea Kayak qulifications.
NZOIA has promoted excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications for professionals since 1987. They are the qualification body for 9 outdoor activities with 3 levels of qualification. These are regarded by employers throughout NZ as the benchmark of safety within the adventure niche.
NZOIA aims to reflect the passion, determination, and spirit of all of their members. They have taken New Zealand outdoor instructing and guidance to a advanced level of commitment with up-to-date training, standards and codes of conduct.
NZOIA is responsible for promoting the highest standards of outdoor instruction and guiding, and striving to ensure that outdoor activities participants enjoy high quality experiences in safety
The formal peer assessment of our instruction and guidance practices has vastly improved the protocols and practices within the adventure industry.
The body is run by people of the industry for the industry. The NZOIA board and staff are people with extensive outdoor experience. They are all NZOIA qualified members who subject themselves to exactly the same standards and processes that all NZOIA members adhere to.
Kaikoura Kayaks values your feedback!
If you have any safety concerns about your time at Kaikoura Kayaks please get in touch with us by e-mail or phone.
We will review your concerns which will ultimately help us run a safer operation.