Not sure which course to take? Let us help you choose from a range of theory courses, as well as practical power boating and sailing courses.

Coastguard Boating Education theory courses

Day Skipper An introductory theory course for those new to boating.
Boatmaster A comprehensive course that teaches boaties the rules of the road at sea, lights, shapes, avoiding collisions and simple navigation.
Maritime VHF Radio The minimum requirement for all users of marine VHF radio.
Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations 

Is a commercial operator’s licence allowing the holder to operate a commercial passenger or fishing vessel up to 12m within restricted limits. This is available through Coastguard Boating Education as a programme of study consisting of eight individual modules, combined with completion of the MNZ Training Record Book (TRB) as evidence of sea time and documenting the completion of a wide range of practical on-board tasks.

RYA Practical power boating courses

Powerboat Level 1

The perfect beginner’s practical course. An introduction to boat handling, launching and retrieving and safety.

Powerboat Level 2

This course provides you with the skills necessary to be a competent powerboat driver in your local area. Teaching you boat handling and seamanship skills, Mob recovery, driving at planning speeds and the collision regulations.
Personal Watercraft PWC - Jet Skis This course is either for the complete beginner to boating but also for those that have boating skills but have never ridden a ski before.

Sail cruising practical courses

RYA Start Yachting 

For the complete beginner, an introduction to crewing on a yacht to see if you like it!

RYA Competent Crew 

A great course covering all the basics of seamanship and helmsmanship so you are able to be a useful crew member on board a yacht.

RYA Day Skipper 

Get ready to skipper your own yacht by day. This course covers all the practical skills you need to safely skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day.

These are just a few of the courses you can take to help make you a more competent boatie. 

Check out the Coastguard boating education website for more information and to book your course