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Boating Education Courses

Foundation Level

Beginning Boating

An exciting, short online course for new boaties.

Day Skipper

Gain essential boating knowledge relevant to all boat types.

Maritime VHF Operator's Certificate

The minimum legal requirement for operating a Marine VHF radio

Waka Ama Safety

Covers Waka Ama, equipment, emergencies, communication, weather, trip planning, navigation techniques, rules and regulations.

Not Here At The Moment

A fun, interactive evening covering fundamental topics to help boost confidence and make your time afloat more enjoyable and a little safer.

In Water Survival

Essential course catering to inshore and coastal cruising.

Sea Kayak

A short course covering equipment, communication, emergencies, planning, weather, rules, and navigation.

Next Level


Extend your knowledge with this comprehensive course.

GPS Operator

An advanced course on the use of chart plotters & techniques for safe navigation.

Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Certificate

The minimum requirement for commercial operators and users of MF/HF (SSB) radio.

Radar Operator

A comprehensive course to help you understand and safely operate the radar set on your vessel.

Coastal Medic

Recognised as workplace first-aid with additional techniques specific to the marine environment.

Bar Awareness Seminars

A comprehensive seminar for those likely to encounter bar crossing situations.

Inboard Engine Maintenance

Advance your inboard engine knowledge including maintenance and troubleshooting.

Outboard Engine Maintenance

Designed for small to medium outboard engines. Includes care and maintenance.

Extra for Experts

Maritime Short-Range Operator Certificate (MSROC)

A requirement for anyone wishing to operating a VHF radio in Europe and a prequisite for the RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Working Safely on Commercial Craft

A course relating to safe working practices and designed for those persons who are working towards the NZ Skipper Restricted Limits Certification.

Offshore Medic

To detail the management of medical /trauma emergencies on-board in an offshore marine environment. Meets requirements of YNZ & World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix H. Recognised by RYA.

Advanced Sea Survival

A comprehensive course to cater for coastal and offshore crews. Required for Category 1 certificates.

Legal and MOSS

The necessary knowledge and understanding of the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) and other relevant legislation.

Practical On-Water

Club Safety Boat Operator (Basic Level) - Rowing Club version

A practical on-water training course for operators of rowing club safety boats.

Club Safety Boat Operator - Yacht Club version

A practical on-water training course for operators of yacht club safety boats.

Personal Water Craft

A comprehensive course for PWC Users (Jet Skis).


(Runabouts, Ribs, and other outboard-driven craft) Introductory through to advanced courses covering practical boat handling skills.

Sail Cruising

(Keelers and Multihulls) Introductory through to advanced courses to develop sailing competence as crew or skipper in inshore, coastal, and ocean waters. Includes Shorebased Courses.

Motor Cruising

(Launches) Introductory through to advanced courses to develop motor cruising competence as crew or skipper in inshore, coastal, and ocean waters. Includes Shorebased Courses.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Coastal/Offshore/Ocean

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Coastal/Offshore/Ocean RYA qualifications, RYA YM Coastal Shore based course, in particular the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificates of Competence, are recognised and respected around the world. Qualification as a RYA Yachtmaster™ is the ultimate aim of many skippers, both professional and recreational. .

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Required in some European Countries to Charter vessels

RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities

RYA Personal safety and Social Responsibilities.

RYA Instructor Training

Become an RYA Instructor with one of our instructor courses


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To use your National Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the Discount Code field below (e.g. 123456). This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

To use your National Coastguard NZ 15% membership discount on other selected Home Study 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.

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