Queenstown’s harbourmaster is reminding people using lakes and rivers this summer to wear life jackets or face a fine of $300.
Marty Black says that includes those on paddleboards, kayaks, blow-up dinghys, jetskis and anyone water-skiing.
All small craft six metres and less were covered by the rule.
“Wearing a bum bag-style lifejacket around your waist isn’t enough. It must be worn over your head and done up tightly to comply with the council’s waterways bylaw.
“We are seeing more people using their heads and acting safely on the water. But some still seem to think they’re immune from drowning.
“No one is immune and we’ve seen many examples of people getting into trouble when conditions change.
The bylaw is available on the council’s website.