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Beginning Boating

Beginning Boating is an introductory short course designed for people who are new to boating and aren’t yet ready to take on the skipper’s role. This course covers the basics to help you become an informed crew member and to be more confident and relaxed on the water this summer.

What will I learn? You’ll learn the basics to help make your day on the water enjoyable including:

  • Common nautical terms
  • Trip planning
  • Lifejacket selection
  • Boating safety
  • Basic boating rules
  • Preparing for the unexpected

The course is easy to use and understand and is broken into separate sections, with an introductory video or audio clip for each. It includes short knowledge checks so that you can assess your learning as you progress.

When and where? This introductory course, which is perfect for anyone new to boating, is accessible online from this Beginning Boating web page. It is always ready and waiting for you to complete, at your convenience, and you can revisit key aspects of it whenever you choose. Upon getting the course you will be sent an email that confirms your login details. If it fails to arrive, please check your junk email folder before contacting Coastguard Boating Education.

If, however, you are interested in taking on the responsibilities of a skipper, we would highly recommend the more comprehensive Day Skipper course.

How much does it cost? It's free, and, once completed, you can proudly print off your Beginning Boating course completion certificate.

How do I redeem a voucher? Simply scratch the back of the card to reveal the code and click HERE to redeem. 

How do I log back into the course? We understand that you may want to refer back to the course at any time. It's easy to do, simply click HERE and have your username and password at the ready (this was sent to you in an email when you registered with us).

Get the FREE course by clicking SHOW DETAILS below.

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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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