Training Pathways

 

Course Schedule

 

Coastguard Theory

 

RYA Practical


Education Courses

The Coastguard Northern Region Maritime School offers the below Coastguard Boating Education courses.
You can book your course online by following the links, or you can contact us:

Coastguard Northern Region Maritime School, PO Box 2195 Shortland Street, Auckland.
Tel: 09 303 4303 Ext. 809 or 09 303 9364, Email: education@coastguard.org.nz



Coastguard

Day Skipper
Marine VHF Radio
Boatmaster
Coastal Skipper
Ocean Yachtmaster
Sea Kayak

 

Specialty

Outboard Engine
Inboard Engine
Radar Course
GPS Operator
Advanced Sea Survival
Marine Medic
Club Safety Boat
 


 

RYA Powerboat

RYA Level 1
RYA Level 2
RYA Intermediate
RYA Advanced
Personal Water Craft

 


 

RYA Motor Cruiser

RYA Helmsman
RYA Day Skipper
RYA Coastal Skipper


 Shore Based Courses

   

Day Skipper (15 hours)
Aim: To gain essential boating knowledge and safety.
Qualification: NZ Day Skipper Certificate (Unit Standard 6915 available).
Course Content: Boat familiarisation, navigation techniques, rules and regulations, emergency equipment and usage.
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Marine VHF Radio Operator (6 hours)
Aim: To learn correct Marine VHF Radio Operation. The minimum legal requirement to operate a marine radio.
Course Content: Routine operation, safety, distress and urgency.
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Boatmaster (30 hours)
Aim: Develop comprehensive boating knowledge.
Prerequisites: Day Skipper recommended.

Course Content: Equipment, emergency procedures, navigation, boat handling, rules and regulations, knots and rope work.
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Coastal Skipper (55 hours)
Aim: To gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of coastal navigation and an understanding of the causes and effects of coastal weather. An advanced course for those wishing to undertake coastal voyages.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Boatmaster, Marine VHF Radio Operator Certificate, 200 hours proven sea time.
Course Content: Comprehensive navigation techniques, meteorology, passage planning, assessment - written and oral.
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Ocean Yachtmaster (72 hours)
Aim: To gain advanced ocean navigation and passage making knowledge. For skippers or crew intending to race offshore or cruise to overseas destinations.
Qualification: NZ Yachtmaster Certificate.

Prerequisites: Current First Aid, RRTOC & NZ Coastal Skipper Certificates, 400 hours proven sea time, with 50 hours beyond harbour limitsa nd at least 72 hours continuous time, at least 30 miles offshore.
Course Content: Extensive navigation techniques, oral assessment.
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Sea Kayak (4 hours)
Aim: To gain essential knowledge of sea kayaking and safety.
Qualification: Sea Kayak Certificate.
Course Content: Kayak orientation, equipment, communication, emergencies, trip planning, wind and weather, rules and regulations, navigation.
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 Speciality Courses

   

Outboard Engine Maintenance (6 hours)
Aim: To gain essential knowledge on the operation and care of an outboard engine.
Course Content: Basic principles and outboard components, general systems, trouble shooting.
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Inboard Engine Maintenance (15 hours)
Aim: To gain essential knowledge on the operation and care of inboard engines.
Course Content: Diesel fuel systems, cooling systems, electrical systems, general systems, trouble shooting.
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Radar Course (6 hours)
Aim: To outline the use of radar to aid navigation and avoid collision.
Prerequisites: Boatmaster.
Course Content: Principles of a radar, controls, displays and targets, discrimination, navigation.
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GPS Operator (8 hours)
Aim: To provide a comprehensive understanding of the GPS.
Course Content: Principles, preparation and installation, controls, screens and outputs, passage making, waypoint navigation, accuracies and errors, chart plotters, selection.
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Advanced Sea Survival (12 hours)
Aim: To gain thorough skills and knowledge on sea survival techniques and equipment. A practical and theoretical course required by crew competing in offshore (category 1) races.
Qualification: Advanced Sea Survival (recognised by Yachting NZ & ISAF).

Prerequisites: Two day First Aid Certficate or Race Medic Certificate.
Course Content: History, statistics and legislation, accidents and emergencies, equipment, safety and emergency planning, risk assessment, man overboard and life-rafts, wet drill, distress signals & responsibilities, medical care aboard, heavy weather techniques.
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Marine Medic
Introductory through to advanced courses specific to the marine environment.

Currently only available to SAR volunteers


Club Safety Boat (8 hours)
Aim: To increase safety and proficiency of safety boat operators, enabling better safety cover for sailors involved in rowing, yacht, waka ama and outrigger club activities.
Qualification: Club Safety Boat Operator.
Prerequisites: Marine VHF Radio Operators and First Aid Certificate is recommended. Powerboat Level 2 recommended for craft powered by 25HP and above.
Course Content: Preparation and safety checks, NZ Law, mark laying, righting inverted crafts, towing, casualty rescue.
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 RYA Sea Based Courses: Power Boats (Trailer Boat)

   

RYA Level 1 (1 day)
Aim: To gain a practical introduction to boat handling and safety.
Prerequisites: None.
Course Content: Pre-start safety checks, mooring buoys and coming along side, launching and recovering, rules and regulations, engine use and controls.
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RYA Level 2 (2 days)
Aim: To achieve all basic handling and seamanship skills.
Prerequisites: None. Note: Direct assessment option is available.
Course Content: Boat preparation, man overboard, effects of wind and tide, types of craft and engines, high and low speed manoeuvering, maintenance checks, handling in confined spaces, rules and regulations, anchoring, moorings and weather and forecasts, coming alongside.
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RYA Intermediate (2 days)
Aim: To complete open and coastal passages by day.
Prerequisites: Skills to Level 2 VHF recommended.
Course Content: Trip planning, practical pilotage and passage making, bearings and distance, open-water boat handling, GPS and chart navigation.
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RYA Advanced (2 days)
Aim: To enable competent, high speed navigation by day and night.
Prerequisites: Skills to Intermediate Level 2, VHF and First Aid.
Course Content: Passage planning, rules of the road at sea, advanced pilotage and navigation, meteorology, high speed trim and boat handling, emergency situations.
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 RYA Sea Based Courses: Motor Cruises (Launch / Yacht)

   

RYA Helmsman (2 days)  
Aim: to handle a launch in sheltered waters.
Course Content: Preparation and safety equipment, securing to a buoy, knots and rope work, leaving and coming along side, engines and controls, man overboard, low speed and high speed handling, basic safety and rules of the road.
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RYA Day Skipper (4 days)
Aim: To skipper a launch in familiar waters by day.
Prerequisites: Previous experience recommended.
Course Content: Boat and engine checks, use of charts and GPS, safety equipment, tidal heights and streams, handling in various conditions, buoys and beacons, high speed work, power and trim tabs, meteorology, practical pilotage and navigation, rules of the road.
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RYA Coastal Skipper (5 days)
Aim: To skipper a launch on coastal passages by day and night.
Prerequisites: Skills and experience equivalent to RYA Day Skipper.
Course Content: Passage planning, weather and navigation, skipper responsibilities, effective handling in confined spaces, pilotage planning by day and night, anchoring and mooring.
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