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About Us

Welcome to Coastguard Boating Education, the leading provider of recreational boating education in New Zealand


Coastguard Boating Education (CBE) was formed in 1979 as a non-profit organisation to provide a comprehensive range of boating courses throughout New Zealand. The organisation is registered as a Private Training Establishment with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Coastguard Boating Education staff and tutors are highly experienced and qualified to ensure the best learning experience for students.

Board of Directors


John Cowan

Katie McNabb

Brooke ArchboldMNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit)

Alan Haddock; Q.S.O (Queen's Service Order)

Harvey Sheppard; MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit)

Chris van der Hor


Head Office Team


Mike Brown

General Manager

Mike joined the team in late 2016 following a period of research and teaching in the tertiary sector. He has a PhD in education and has been involved in outdoor learning (land & sea based) for many years. He holds RYA and Coastguard qualifications,  is a keen sailor, and enjoys backcountry mountain bike riding.

Email: mike.brown@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4708
Mobile: 022 043 5376

Mike Brown

Mary Miller

Customer Service Administrator

Mary is the first point of contact for all CBE enquires.  She ensures  queries are quickly resolved. Her personal mission is helping people, and the customer service experience with her will always be a pleasant and fruitful one.

Email: mary.miller@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: (09) 361 4700

Mary Miller

Steve Crockett

Manager – CBE Courses & RYA Training

Steve has a myriad of roles, including induction and training of tutors for Coastguard Boating Education (CBE), Search and Rescue (SAR) and The Royal Yacht Association (RYA), reviewing course material, and ensuring instructors methods and resources are effective for delivery.


Email: steve.crockett@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4709
Mobile: 022 468 4740

Steve Crockett

Sarah Pengelly

Assessment Administrator

Sarah is the Assessment Administrator. She issues all certificates for CBE and The Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Email: sarah.pengelly@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4712

Sarah Pengelly

Jason Rowledge

Manager – Commercial & SAR Training

Jason has excellent maritime technical knowledge and has a strong maritime training & management background, holds NZ ILM and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, formal teaching and assessor qualifications and has completed many high profile roles aboard Super Yachts in the past.

Email: jason.rowledge@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: (09) 361 4711
Mobile: 021725993

Jason Rowledge

Debbie Moore

Accounts Administrator

Debbie is the Accounts Administrator.  Her primary duties involve handling the invoicing, balancing books and administration of the financial resources.

Email: debbie.moore@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4704

Debbie Moore

Mel Best

National Education Coordinator

Mel brings a decade of experience with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, having worked as the Sailing Manager for much of her time there. Mel coordinates all classroom-based courses.

Email: melanie.best@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4702
Mobile: 021 346 459

Mel Best

Lisa Campkin

Safe Boating Project Manager

Lisa is the Safe Boating Project Manager, a nationwide programme devoted to educating young people with the essential safe boating concepts such as life jacket use, safety gear and response to common water-based situations. Lisa trains the trainers to deliver the Safe Boating Programme.

Email: lisa.campkin@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4706
Mobile: 022 197 8295

Lisa  Campkin

Tasman Salter

Marketing & eLearning Coordinator

Tasman joined the CBE team in 2016 as the Marketing & eLearning Coordinator. He is committed to building CBE as a brand through high production values of website and marketing content as well as reliable e-communication. 

Email: tasman.salter@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4710

Tasman Salter

Alina Shtin

Training Administrator

Alina started with the team in November 2016, following a job with IRD. She works with Training manager Steve Crockett, to ensure that all course resources are up to date. Outside of work Alina enjoys recreational fishing and diving for scallops.

Email: alina.shtin@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4705

Alina Shtin

Francesca Greenslade

Education Administrator

Francesca has been with CBE as our Education Administrator since early 2015. Aspects of her role include student and tutor liaison, course enrolments, and assisting with course scheduling throughout the country. Francesca is time-oriented and efficient in the way she goes about her work.

Email: francesca.greenslade@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4713
Mobile: 021 154 4606

Francesca  Greenslade
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