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Day Skipper   (15 hours)

Aim: To gain essential boating knowledge and safety.

Qualification: NZ Day Skipper Certificate (Unit Standard 26542 available).

Course Content: Boat familiarisation, navigation techniques, rules and regulations, emergency equipment and usage.

The NZ Day Skipper course is designed particularly for those who go boating in small craft, in runabouts, jet skis, sea kayaks and in trailer yachts - the “Day Sailor” - who uses the boat for fishing, water skiing, picnicking, diving, family outings and generally “messing about.” As well as for skippers of boats, it is ideal for all members of family or crew, or those who could suddenly be left in command of a vessel.

Whether for a boating newcomer, or someone with years of experience - there is always something to learn. The course provides the opportunity to update skills, acquire more knowledge, make boating more enjoyable for yourself and crew and instil safe boating practices. The objective is to help recreational boat users avoid getting into difficulties by understanding the maritime environment, the capabilities of their boats, the rules of the sea, and the action to be taken in emergencies.

The NZ Day Skipper offers a short course in basic boat safety, which will help you gain confidence and enhance your enjoyment. It is an interesting course of approximately 12-15 hours, in formats to suit - weekends, day courses, evenings. It is broken into 5 units:

  • Unit 1 The Boat - terminology, equipment
  • Unit 2 Navigation
  • Unit 3 Rules & Regulations
  • Unit 4 Emergencies
  • Unit 5 Knots

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 Day Skipper.

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 such as VHF Radio Operator and Boatmaster.

Book a Day Skipper course

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

Last updated: 20 Jul 2018