Course Schedule


Coastguard Theory


RYA Practical


When something goes wrong on a harbour or river bar, the consequences can be severe.

Too often we see boaties getting into strife on harbour and river bars because they don't understand all the risks and the steps needed to mange them. While the evening won't fully equip boaties lacking the experience to tackle a bar crossing, our Raising the Bar seminar has been developed to help educate boaties interested in knowing more about crossing bars.

These interactive sessions will be somewhere between 1 - 1.5 hours and be presented by a number of friendly and approachable specialists who will cover things such as:

  • Why they are dangerous
  • What should you consider before planning a trip
  • What sort of equipment should you have on the boat
  • What steps should you take to keep your vessel and crew safe
  • Communication protocols including lodging the vital Bar Crossing report with Coastguard
  • Local area knowledge such as channels and leads

While entry is free, a donation towards costs would be greatly appreciated.

Venue Bar covered Date Time  
Auckland Marine Rescue Centre Kaipara 18 Mar 2020 7:00 PM Click here to book
Auckland Marine Rescue Centre Manukau / Port Waikato 07 May 2020 7:00 PM Click here to book


On-Water Education Opportunities
Bar area  
Raglan Bar Register your interest here
Kawhia Bar

Register your interest here


For further information about Raising the Bar seminars, please call the Education team on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) or email at