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Day Skipper

The Day Skipper - CBE Certificate course is an introductory Coastguard Boating Education course for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. It is particularly suited to those who are new to the responsibility of being a skipper on their own vessel.

Course purpose:

This course is for recreational pleasure craft operators and crew and covers general knowledge required to operate a pleasure craft in familiar waters during daylight hours, at an introductory level.

Learning outcomes:

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • the components of a boat and its equipment
  • basic boat handling techniques
  • the use of navigational charts
  • basic tide and weather terminology
  • navigational marks
  • Maritime Rules and Regulations
  • the causes of and preventative actions to be taken in emergency situations
  • common marine knots and their application.


On successful completion of this course, you will have achieved Coastguard Boating Education's Day Skipper Certificate. This is an internal certification only and is not recognised by any qualification authority or standard setting body, i.e., NZQA unit standards do not apply.

Course Duration:

Taken as Classroom Study and depending on the course structure, i.e., weekends or nights, an in-class time commitment of 16 hours will apply.

Taken as Online Study your course enrolment is valid for 15 weeks from the date of enrolment. After the 15 week duration, your enrolment ends and you are withdrawn from the course. Both classroom and online courses require a similar time commitment to complete.

You can also purchase this course as a Gift.


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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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