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Aim: To gain detailed boating knowledge. 

Duration: 30 hours (classroom) plus self-study, followed by a written and oral assessment. The home study option for Boatmaster must be completed within 6 months.

Qualification: NZ Boatmaster Certificate,

The Boatmaster course is a comprehensive course for boaties with current knowledge and experience. (Minimum age: 15 years)

It applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, and powerboats.  As part of the pathway of Coastguard Boating Education courses, the material extends your knowledge in - chartwork, navigation techniques, distress signals, emergency procedures, knots, rope work, and provides a thorough understanding of the rules of the road at sea.  

The course also uses the new and completely updated edition of Safety in Small Craft. This is an informative guide and every chapter is packed with new full colour illustrations. 

You will require resources (such as the chartwork plotter) to complete the exam.  Please look under the Resources tab to purchase the Boatmaster Upgrade Pack. 

Please note that the homestudy course includes the chartwork plotter, Safety in Small Craft text book, Rules of the Road at Sea and nautical flash cards (i.e. the upgrade pack).  

This course is a component of the New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Restricted Limits) (Level 4)

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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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