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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.

Course Fee: $250.00 per person.
Includes manual and exam.

If you are a new Coastguard Northern Region member wanting to redeem your New Member Discount*, please book by phone during office hours on 0508 737 283 or e-mail
* = Not available for Youth membership.

Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Day Skipper courses listed below for $212.50 pp! Please book by choosing the member option below (online bookings subject to member verifiation) or phone during office hours on 0508 737 283 or e-mail

While there is no substitute for a course led by an experienced tutor, Day Skipper is also available as an online course. More information is available here.

Upcoming Courses

 Starts  Venue  Day  Times  Public
18 Mar 18 Papakura Sun x 2 8.30am - 4.30pm Full Full
17 Mar 18 Whangarei 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
07 Apr 18 Hamilton 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
14 Apr 18 Auckland MRC* 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
19 Apr 18 Auckland MRC* Thu x 5 7:00pm - 10:00pm
23 Apr 18 Howick Mon x 5 7:00pm - 10:00pm
28 Apr 18 Kerikeri 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
05 May 18 Orewa 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
26 May 18 Half Moon Bay (BBYC) 1 weekend 8.30am - 4.30pm
07 Jun 18 Auckland MRC* Thu x 5 7:00pm - 10:00pm
23 Jun 18 Manukau Sat x 2 8.30am - 4.30pm

*Auckland Marine Rescue Centre

For further information email or book above.


Last updated: 16 Mar 18