Course Schedule


Coastguard Theory


RYA Practical

Boatmaster   (30 hours)

Aim: Develop comprehensive boating knowledge.

Prerequisites: Day Skipper recommended.

Qualification: NZ Boatmaster Certificate.

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.

Member Discounts

Are you a Coastguard Member? Coastguard Members get 15% off our most popular classroom based courses, including Boatmaster courses.

Not a Coastguard Member yet? Join here and get an introductory $100 off the Day Skipper course, as well as 15% off our other popular courses, including VHF Radio Operator and Engine Maintenance.

Book a Boatmaster course

For further information on Boatmaster courses, email the Education team at, call 0800 BOATIE (262 843) or click here to book now.

Last updated:  18 Dec 2019