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RYA Practical

Boatmaster   (30 hours)

Aim: Develop comprehensive boating knowledge.

Prerequisites: Day Skipper recommended.

Qualification: NZ Boatmaster Certificate (Unit Standard 26541 available).

Course Content: A comprehensive course for boaties with some existing knowledge and experience. Applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches and powerboats.

1. Equipment

2. Emergencies
          Distress signals 
          Distress procedures 
          Search & rescue 
          Lifesaving & fire fighting

3. Navigation
          Chartwork & publications 
          Tides & weather 
          Buoys & beacons 
          Lights & day shapes

4. Boat Handling 
          Anchors & anchoring 
          Steerage & manoeuvring 
          Berthing, launching & retrieving 
          Rough seas & surf 
          Crossing bars

5. Rules & Regulations
          Collision prevention rules
          Water recreation rules
          Harbour bylaws
          Skipper responsibility

6. Ropes
Rigging, bends & hitches

Students doing a Day Skipper or a Boatmaster course with our school have an exclusive opportunity to apply their knowledge during an evening on Auckland Harbour aboard a 60' Coastguard Rescue Vessel. Click here for more information.

Course Fee: $495.00 per person and includes a copy of Safety In Small Craft. The other recommended resources are Rules of the Road at Sea, Nautical Flashcards and a Chartwork Plotter. These can be purchased from us and supplied at the beginning of your course.

Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Boatmaster courses listed below for $420.75 pp! Please book by selecting the member option below (online bookings subject to member verfication) or phone during office hours on 0800 262 843 or e-mail

Upcoming Courses

 Starts  Venue  Day  Times  Public Member
25 Nov 17 Auckland MRC* Saturday x 3 & Sunday x 2 8.30am - 4.30pm
10 Feb 18 Auckland MRC* Sat & Sun x 1 & 7 evenings (Mon & Wed) 8:30am - 4:30pm & 7:00pm - 10:00m
15 Feb 18 Maraetai Thursday x 12 7:00pm - 10:00pm
22 Feb 18 Albany Thursday x 10 7:00pm - 10:00pm
07 Apr 18 Whangarei Saturday x 3 & Sunday x 2 8.30am - 4.30pm
07 Apr 18 Auckland MRC* Sat & Sun x 1 & Wednesday x 7 8:30am - 4:30pm & 7:00pm - 10:00pm
28 Apr 18 Hamilton  Saturday x 5  8.30am - 4.30pm

 * Auckland Marine Rescue Centre

 For further information email or book above.

Last updated: 16 November 2017