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A Helping Hand To Pasifika Boaties.

9 Aug 2021

FED Funding Maritime NZ recently announced the recipients of the annual Fuel Excise Duty (FED) funding for safer boating initiatives to help reduce recreational boating fatalities and injuries. More than $740,000 in funding is distributed to 21 on-water and land-based... > Read more

Making the right decisions: The value of knowing what you’re doing.

2 Apr 2021

It’s been said that good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. Or as Oscar Wilde said “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”. If you go boating frequently you will realise that things don’t always... > Read more

Essential Boating Communications

10 Nov 2020

If we can't hear you, we can't rescue you - it's as simple as that Research has revealed that 59% of recreational boating fatalities involve inadequate communications. Despite extensive efforts by various bodies around 50% of boaties report having two ways of calling... > Read more

COVID-19 Update

25 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update With the recent announcement from the government regarding COVID-19, Coastguard Boating Education's office is now closed for the lockdown period. However, we have been able to stay in operation with all our staff working from home.  Many of... > Read more

Boating after Dark

25 Feb 2020

For new, or even experienced boaties, navigating at night can seem like a daunting experience. When the sun sets and darkness creeps in, it can be nerve-wracking not being able to see all your surroundings. But boating at night doesn’t have to be a formidable experience.... > Read more

Navigating safely : Understanding your chart plotter

19 Feb 2020

Navigating Safely: Understanding your chart plotter Chart plotters, mobile phone apps, and open source software programmes are becoming increasingly popular as the primary form of position fixing on many recreational vessels. It’s easy to... > Read more

Updated information of VHF Callsigns

12 Dec 2017

Updated information of VHF Callsigns 7 December 2017 As from 7th December 2017 Coastguard Boating Education has introduced a charge for the change of ‘ownership’ of a VHF callsign. This change of ownership (rights as a call sign holder) is... > Read more


12 Dec 2017

Coastguard Boating Education (CBE) has revised, updated and introduced new offerings into their suite of Marine Medic courses. In addition to the existing two day Coastal Medic qualification, they have introduced a one day refresher course for current certificate... > Read more

Southlanders need to fix bad water safety habits - Rob Hewitt

14 Jun 2016

Rob Hewitt, who survived 72 hours adrift at sea off the Kapiti Coast in 2006, discusses his experiences in Southland teaching water and boat safety skills to students from Aurora College, and the growing need for training of this kind.  The article can be found here:... > Read more

Day Skipper Online is a Triple Award Winner

26 Aug 2015

Optimism wins triple business awards crown New Zealand corporate learning and development company Optimism has won four business eLearning Awards in the last three months – one in Australia, two in New York USA and then most recently overall winner in New Zealand.... > Read more


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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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