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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)

Marilyn Brady

Matthew Rea-Rankin

Patrick Holmes


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

Jason Rowledge

Head of 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

Stuart Birnie

Course Development Manager

Stuart comes from an Audio Visual background, starting with TVNZ then working primarily in Tertiary Education. In 2003 he changed his career path and went maritime. Stuart has worked mainly with traditional vessels and youth development since, including a time overseas as Senior Master of Spirit of Bermuda.  He counts himself very lucky to be able to skipper such vessels as Aotearoa One, R Tucker Thompson, Jane Gifford, Ted Ashby, and Breeze. He holds RYA, NZ Maritime, and Adult Teaching qualifications and is passionate about assisting others to better themselves

Email: coursemanager@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4709
Mobile: 020 412 858 98

Stuart Birnie

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

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

Sarah Psaila

Safe Boating Project Co-ordinator

Sarah has taken on the role as the Safe Boating Project Co-ordinator.  She trains the trainers to deliver 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. Sarah is an active SAR volunteer for Auckland Coastguard and an active volunteer for the Waterwise schools programme. These have given Sarah a wealth of knowledge for the Safe Boating Programme.

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

Sarah Psaila

Mel Best

National Course Coordinator

Mel brings a wealth of experience in the Marine industry including having worked on Super Yachts, for the RNZYS and having sailed for many years in NZ and abroad. Mel coordinates all classroom-based courses.

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

Mel Best

Craig Williams

Training Moderator SAR

Craig has been aligned with Coastguard since 2006, when he became a Coastguard Volunteer, a role he currently juggles with Coastguard Howick, alongside his new position as Training Moderator SAR, and being a regional Coastguard Instructor. As Training Moderator SAR, Craig will support the Coastguard SAR Instructors and Assessors to perform their activities training Search and Rescue Volunteers.

Email: moderator@boatingeducation.org.nz
Mobile: 021 2317 837

Craig Williams

Ross Winterburn

Maritime Educator

Ross has taken on the role of Maritime Educator at our Westhaven office, continuing his extensive service to the maritime industry: training in the use of marine safety equipment, helicopter underwater escape training and work for Auckland Regional Council environmental monitoring programs. Ross has been a SAR volunteer for Auckland Coastguard (Heavy Rescue Vessel and Air Patrol) for 25 years, and a Boating Education tutor since 1996. His work in our Westhaven office centres on supporting the Head of Training and Manager – Course Development as well as keeping course resources up to date.

Email: Ross.Winterburn@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4705

Ross Winterburn

Tracy Peers

Course Administrator

Tracy joined the organization in early 2017. Having previously worked for the Department of Internal Affairs, Tracy brings administration experience, a proactive work ethic and positive attitude to the role. 

Email: tracy.peers@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 09 361 4704

Tracy Peers

Maribeth Armstrong

Office Administrator (Education)

Maribeth joined CBE in August 2017 following several education based roles. Her role with CBE involves NZQA compliance, quality assurance and evaluating and improving learning outcomes. Maribeth is a music loving, adventurous, nature nerd passionate about marine and NZ bird conservation.

Email: Maribeth.Armstrong@boatingeducation.org.nz
Phone: 0800 40 80 90

Maribeth Armstrong
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DISCOUNT CODES

To use your Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the  "Discount Code field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

To use your Coastguard NZ 15% membership discount on selected courses, input "CGM" and your Coastguard membership number (e.g. CGM78091) into the  "Discount Code" field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. The courses included in this discount offer are: Day Skipper (Not to be used in conjunction with $100 discount), Boatmaster, Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate, Inboard Engine Maintenance, Outboard Engine Maintenance and GPS Operator.

PLEASE NOTE: Boating Education resources cannot be discounted using these codes.   

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