Practical On-Water

Sail Cruising 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.

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Classroom Study
LevelPractical On-Water
QualificationCoastguard Education Certification

Aim: To gain experience of operating a sailing vessel. Courses cover all elements of seamanship, navigation, safety and vessel handling dependent on level. 

Duration: 2-5 Days.

Qualification: Course completion certificate. 

Prerequisites: Sea time dependent on level of certificate

To enquire about these sail training courses, please contact one of the RYA training centres listed below under Course Options.


RYA Start Yachting

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper Practical

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical

Course Options

Registered Sail Cruising Training Centres

Training centre Date Contact    
Auckland Sailing School
Contact to register interest
Phone: 021 535 670
Sailing Away School of Sailing
Contact to register interest
Phone: 09 521 2387 or 021 724 532
Training centre Date Contact    
Sail Nelson
RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper Practical / RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
Phone: 03 548 5368 or 021 0248 4834

Lots of content  - quite intense but hugely informative. The practical component was very valuable and I gained lots of experience for the future. Great to have a course tutor with so much experience and knowledge that kept us all engaged. Excellent.
Sea Survival Course

Which course format is right for you?

Online Study

Online and Home study boating courses offer many benefits for those seeking boating education. Firstly, these courses are designed to be studied either online or with a home study booklet so they have great content and illustrations, are interactive and are easy to navigate. You can also study at your own pace giving the flexibility to schedule learning around busy lifestyles and commitments. You can also complete the course in blocks and can come back to it on a weekly basis until it is completed.

Classroom Study

Classroom courses offer the student the ability to study intensely over a finite period of time (usually a weekend) to complete a boating course. It is a chance to meet up with other like-minded boaties and learn from their experiences. Having an educated teacher with years of boating knowledge enables the student to be taught face-to-face and ask any questions that may come up.

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New Member Day Skipper Course $100 discount:
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. 

10% Membership discount:
To use your National Coastguard NZ 10% 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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