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Coastguard Theory


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: $475.00 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.

Summer special* - Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Boatmaster courses listed below for $410.00 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
*Only applies to Northern Region Members, the courses listed below and bookings must be placed before 31 Dec 2016

Upcoming Courses

 Starts  Venue  Day  Times  Public Member
 24 Sep 16 Auckland MRC* 1 Weekend and 7 Thu evenings 

8.30am - 4.30pm

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Full Full
25 Oct 16 Albany (Massey Uni) 10 evenings - Tue and Thu 7.00pm - 10.00pm
05 Nov 16 Whangarei Crusing Club 2.5 Weekends 8.30am - 4.30pm
19 Nov 16 Auckland MRC* 1 Weekend and 7 evenings (Mon and Wed)

8.30am - 4.30pm

7.00pm - 10.00pm

 * Auckland Marine Rescue Centre

 For further information email or book above.

Last updated: 14 Sep 2016