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Coastguard Boating Education courses :

  1. Marine Medic.
  2. Marine VHF Radio.
  3. Day Skipper.
  4. Boatmaster.
  5. Coastal Skipper.
  6. Ocean Yachtmaster.
  7. Engine Maintenance

Courses are available which are either pre-requisits for the issue of Coastal Skipper or Ocean Yachtmaster, or are stand alone short courses. In general the pre-requisit courses are themselves stand-alone qualifications. See course providers at the foot of the page.

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This is an alternative to the St Johns Adult course directed at small craft mariners who may spend time offshore. It is approved by the Coastguard Education Service as a first aid requirement for the issuing of their Yachtmaster Ocean certificate.
There are a number of approved providers in New Zealand.

The course is designed for a maritime environment where the criteria on which much first aid is based - namely that an ambulance will be on the scene within 30 minutes - is often not applicable.
Emphasis is placed on thorough assessment procedures which can be communicated by Radio-Telephone to a medical officer. One of the objectives of the course is the ability to confidently follow directions to sustain and treat a casualty for a prolonged period of time until help arrives.

The learning techniques of the course are innovative, using a multimedia approach that includes a great deal of hands-on practice by students.

The qualification is equivalent to an Occupation Safety and Health First Aid Certificate (OSH First Aid). There are no student pre-requisits for taking the course. There is a refresher course available to those who have a current first aid certificate.

Course outlines.
Marine Medic 1.
Deal with an emergency situation:
Identify potential work site safety hazards.
Examination of a casualty.
Arrange for evacuation.
Provide and maintain an airway.
Administer CPR.
Identify and treat severe bleeding.
Treat abdominal injuries.
Treat chemical burns.
Treat electrical burns.
Basic structure and function of the skeletal system.
Identify and treat fractures.
Treat fractures of the upper body.
Treat fractures of the lower body.
Applying the "SAM" splint.

Treat environmental conditions:
Identify and treat hypothermia.

Marine Medic 2.
Treat soft tissue injuries.
Treat dislocations.
Discuss the complications of a dislocation.

Treat miscellaneous emergencies:
Treat simple wounds.
Removal of fish hooks.

Treat environmental conditions:
Treat cold water immersion.
Identify and treat heat illness.

Treat common medical illnesses:
Identify and treat asthma.
Identify and stabilise epilepsy and other convulsive seizures.
Identify and stabilise diabetes.

Marine Medic 3.
Advanced airway maintenance techniques.
Treat serious chest injuries.
Use of medical oxygen.
Basic pharmacology.
Administer oral medications.
Administer an IM injection.
Wound closure.

Treat common medical conditions:
Treat common gastro-intestinal.
Treat simple ear, nose and throat disorders.
Relieve simple skin problems.
Treat allergic / anaphylactic reactions.
Treat poinsonous marine bites and stings.

Miscellaneous emergencies.
Use of ships medical kits.



This has been added as a discrete segment to Day Skipper, Boatmaster, Coastal Skipper and Ocean Yachtmaster. Much of the content is already included in other parts of each syllabus.

Understands that the skipper has sole charge of the vessel.
Understands that the skipper has sole legal responsibility for all that happens on board, and for the safety and well being of every person on board.

Understands that a skipper must operate the vessel in compliance with current Maritime Rules, Regulations and By-laws, with particular emphasis on:
Rules for Preventing Collision;
The Water Recreation Rules;
Local Harbour By-laws;
The Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations.

Understands that ignorance of any Maritime Rule, Regulation or By-law is no excuse.

Understands the need to carry out the following pre-trip checks:
The trip is within the capabilities and qualifications of the skipper and crew.
The trip is within he boat's capabilities for the expected weather and se conditions.
The boat, engines and equipment have been properly maintained. Sufficient fuel and other oils are on board.
All necessary safety equipment is on board and in good working order. Approved and correctly fitting personal flotation devices are available for all on board and are in good order.
At least two forms of communication are available.
Current and forecast weather conditions are known.
Tidal information is known.
Trip marine charts and boating publications are studied to identify safe and unsafe areas for navigation.
Trip intentions are known by a responsible person ashore.

Understands the importance of checking prior to departure that the safety equipment available is not less than the following:
An approved and correctly fitting personal flotation device in good condition for each person on board.
Distress flares and a lifebuoy.
Fire extinguisher.
Spare anchor and warp.
Bailing devices, including a bucket.
First Aid Kit, including seasick tablets and suntan lotion.
Two means of communicating.
Alternative means of propulsion.
Spare fuel and funnel.
Tool box and relevant engine spares.
Sharp knife.
Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb.
Rations and water.
Waterproof matches.
Adequate warm protective clothing.

Understands the importance of not going to sea when in doubt, particularly regarding the current and forecast weather and sea conditions.

Understands that before departure the skipper needs to brief all persons on board on safety matters such as:
The location, donning and timing for personal flotation devices.
The location and use of any other life-saving apparatus on board.
The location and use of all safety equipment on board.
"Holding on" techniques.
Moving up and down ladders.
Personal dangers at low and high levels eg. deck fittings and booms.
Emergency drills for fire, man-over-board, collision and grounding.

Knows the dangers of overloading a vessel beyond its limits with people or equipment.
Knows the dangers created if weights on board are not properly secured.
Knows the importance of and how to make a Trip Report.

Knows how to operate the vessel having regard to:
Collision Prevention Rules.
Water Recreation Regulations.
Local Harbour By-laws.
Current and forecast weather and sea conditions.
The safety and wellbeing of all on board.
The safety and wellbeing for other vessels, persons and property.

Understands the importance of returning to a safe haven if the weather and sea conditions show signs of deteriorating.

Knows the occasions when a personal flotation device should always be worn:
When crossing a bar.
During emergency situations.
In rough weather.
By non-swimmers, young children, the elderly, the incapacitated and disabled.
By all on deck at night.
Whenever the master considers it necessary.

Knows the dangers of alcohol, drug or other substance abuse at sea.
Understands that fatigue, seasickness or other illness will impair performance.
Understands that there is a legal requirement to report any accident on the water to the Maritime Safety Authority within 48 hours.


The programme consist of two modules, each addressing a different need:
Module 1. Outboard Maintenance and Troubleshooting.
Module 2. Marine Diesel Maintenance and Troubleshooting.


Module 1. Outboard Engine Maintenance.

Basic Principles.
Types and sizes on the market; difference between 2 and 4 stroke engines.

Outboard Components.
Parts of an engine: electrics, spark plug, controls, air filter, carburettor, gearbox. Filler plugs, anodes, water intake and outlets.

Fuel Supply.
Internal and external tanks, mixtures, venting, effects of stale fuel, filters. Carburettor: jets, floats. Fuel consumption, choice of fuel.

Cooling Systems.
Water flow path, impeller, overheating, salt build-up.

Starting Systems.
Manual, electric, remote controls, choke, throttle.

Installation, maitenance, emergency starting, auxiliary usage.

Trim and tilt, shallow water use, shear pin replacement, cavitation, definition of pitch.

Outboard Installation.
Running in of new engine, transferring of small motors, "deadmans cable", salt water corrosion, anodes.

Hand, remote, emergency, steering cables.

Routine Maintenance.
Cleaning and lubricating, electrics, winter storage.

Trouble Shooting.
Emergency Starting, treatment of submerged motor, likely problems. Tools and spares.

Module 2. Inboard Engine Maintenance.

The course is designed as five sessions in 15 hours.

Session 1. Diesel Engine Overview and Fuel Systems.
Introduction to diesel engines. Basic principles of internal combustion engines and brief coverage of the differences between 2 and 4 stroke diesels.
Names of principal engine components, their locations and functions.
Fuel supply systems. Air and diesel as a fuel.
The importance of adequate air supply. Filters. Turbo-charging.
Layout of a typical diesel supply from tank to injectors. Priming and bleeding of fuel systems. Filters. The critical importance of clean fuel. The diesel "bug" and avoidance. Refuelling procedure.

Session 2. Diesel Engine Cooling, Exhaust and Lubrication Systems.
Layout and correct installation of a typical wet exhaust system.
Layout of a typical raw water cooling system, its components and their functions. Impellor replacement. THe importance of anodes. System blockages and rectifications. Anti syphoning valves.
Layout of a typical fresh water cooling system, its components and their functions. Impellor replacement. Heat exchangers. The importance of using the correct coolant. Anodes. Thermostat checking and replacement.
The importance of correct pipe connections and clamps. Stainless hose clips.
Lubrication systems. Types of lubricant. The importance of clean oil. Reasons and cures for abmnormal oil pressures.

Session 3. Electrical Systems.
Starting systems. Understanding of correct starting procedure. Glow plugs. Reasons for failure to start. Emergency engine starting.
Batteries. Separate battery banks and their charging and isolation. Correct sizing of batteries. Battery maintenance and installation. Battery types and their advantages and disadvantages.
Engine alternators. Maintenance and fault diagnosis. V-belt adjustment.
Alternative charging devices; their advantages and disadvantages.
The correct use of fuses and circuit breakers. The importance of correct wire sizing.

Session 4. General Engineering.
Propulsion and transmission systems. Shaft alignment. Stern glands. Sail Drives. Lubrication and maitenance.
Engine installation. Sound insulation. Vibration. Flexible couplings. Engine controls.
Engine-mounted refrigeration compressors. Care and maintenance.
Electrolysis. Causes, identification and prevention.
Engine fire prevention and firefighting.

Session 5. Fault Diagnosis and Troubleshooting.
Tools to carry. Level of spares.
Diagnosis of exhaust smoke.
Identifying faulty injectors by touch.
Hand starting a diesel. Decompression levers. Starting "tricks" with batteries.
Sound as a diagnosis tool.
The importance of cleanliness for fault isolation. Fixing leaks. Temporary repairs to pipes.


Please contact them through their links, where available or contact Coastguard Boating Education on 0800 40 80 90 or visit Coastguard Boating Education.

Kerikeri Community Education through Doug Jenkins at


For engine courses contact direct Fred Hilditch, phone and fax -64 9 576 4523.

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