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  • This certificate course is New Zealand's premier recreational boating programme. To be eligible for the assessment candidates must be at least 15 years of age. To obtain the full qualification candidates must have completed at least 100 hours of boating experience.

    Duration of course is 30 hours followed by a written and oral assessment. Available as a series of evenings, weekend sessions or as a block course. Also available as a distance learning programme. It is designed for people who have previous boating experience. Generally regarded as a first step for experienced pleasure boating crews and skippers, who want to progress further through the Royal New Zealand Coastguard certificate scheme.

    Course Prospectus:


    1. Equipment. Boat Gear, Safety, Communication
    2. Emergencies. Accidents, Distress Signals, Distress Procedures, Search & Rescue, Lifesaving & Fire Fighting.
    3 .Navigation. Compass, Chartwork & Publications, Tides & Weather, Buoys & Beacons, Lights & Day Shapes.
    4. Boat Handling. Stability, Anchors & Anchoring, Steerage & Manoeuvering, Berthing, Launching, & Retrieving, Rough Seas & Surf.
    5. Rules & Regulations. Collision Prevention Rules, Water Recreation Rules, Harbour Bylaws, Skipper Responsibility.
    6. Ropes.Rigging, bends and hitches


  • Boatmaster Home Study Pack
  • Boatmaster Exercises
  • Workbook for Boatmaster
  • Economy Boatmaster Kit
  • Nautical Flashcards
  • Safety in Small Craft
  • Rules of the Road at Sea
  • The Boat Code Kit
  • The Plotter Pack
  • RYA Handy Plotter
  • Plain Parallel Rulers - 380mm
  • Douglas Square Protractor

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    By Coastguard Boating Education.

    The Boatmaster course is a comprehensive course for boaties with current knowledge and experience.

    It applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, and powerboats. As part of the pathway of Coastguard Boating Education courses, the material extends your knowledge in - chartwork, navigation techniques, distress signals, emergency procedures, knots, rope work, and provides a thorough understanding of the rules of the road at sea.

    The Home study Pack includes the following resources: Boatmaster Exercises (including Supplementary Text) book, Safety in Small Craft, Rules of the Road at Sea, Nautical Flash Cards, RYA Handy Plotter, Practice chart and rope. Price includes the exam fee.

    NZ$335.00 + Delivery

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    BOATMASTER EXERCISES Including supplementary text.
    By Coastguard Boating Education. paperback, 210 mm X 300 mm (A4), 100 pages, full colour illustrations.
    This is a comprehensive classroom manual designed to be used with the course texts - Safety in Small Craft and Rules of the Road at Sea.
    It is divided into chapters, each for a topic in the course syllabus, having supplementary explanations and a bank of questions. In particular the chartwork is fully explained since this was apparently felt to be covered inadequately in the course text books.

    The Coastguard Boatmaster mock assessment is supplied at the back of the book.

    NZ$30.00 + Delivery

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    THE WORK BOOK FOR BOATMASTERS, Five Boating Voyages set at Boatmaster Standard.
    By Lynne Richardson and Tim Ridge. Card-back, 300 mm X 210 mm (A4), 50 pages, monochrome tables, charts and drawings.
    This has been written for students, and also has a market with boaties seeking to improve or revise their nautical know-how outside the classroom. It consists of five "voyages", in different parts of New Zealand. Difficulty progresses from a simple day outing in Wellington Harbour for voyage one, to a complex seven days yachting in the Bay of Islands in voyage 5.
    A weather map, tides, an A3 chartlet, and boat and people details are given for each voyage. Answers are provided and a score chart.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

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    In one economy package are:

  • The course textbook Safety in Small Craft;
  • The Boat Code Kit, including Rules of the Road at Sea and Nautical Flashcards, produced in New Zealand for Boatmaster students;
  • 2B pencil, eraser and sharpener;
  • The Work Book for Boat Masters, containing 5 exercises that cover the whole syllabus;
  • NZ Hydrographic chart of choice;
  • RYA Handy Plotter, including the distance measuring scale.
    Full retail value of NZ$170.50

    Special kit price of NZ155.00 + delivery.

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    Nautical Flashcards.
    FLASHCARDS. 2015 Edition.
    84 double-sided cards depicting nautical situations, (solutions on the reverse). The cards cover the Rules of the Road, including those for the use of radar, IALA buoyage for New Zealand, Distress Signals, Lights, Day Shapes and Buoys and Beacons.
    Professionally prepared graphics,jointly published by Coastguard Boating Education and Captain Teach Press (Boat Books Ltd).

    NZ$20.00 + Delivery

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    SAFETY IN SMALL CRAFT, 2020 Edition.
    ByCoastguard Boating Education. (based on Mike Scanlan's 2002 Edition) Softback, 185mm x 260mm, 254 pages, colour photographs, images and drawings. New Edition 2020
    This revised and expanded edition includes material that has stood the test of time, along with new sections focussing on recent changes in technology.

    With enhanced images, diagrams, and text, this edition is designed as an essential guide for both the recreational and domestic commercial Skipper and is a core resource for those working towards Boatmaster or Skipper Restricted Limits Ticket.

    Including Chapters on:

  • Your Boat
  • Getting into Gear
  • Communications
  • Getting help
  • Weather
  • Sea and Tides
  • Fire on board
  • Knowing the ropes
  • Stability
  • handling
  • Survival
  • Buoys and Beacons
  • Rules of the Road
  • Navigation

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery

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    THE RULES OF THE ROAD AT SEA, 10th Edition. 2018.
    By New Zealand Coastguard Boating Education, edited by Mike Scanlan. Paperback, 210 mm X 150 mm (A5), 53 pages, monochrome and colour drawings.

    This revised (10th Ed) includes latest amendments to the Collision Prevention Rules and a full text of the new Navigation Safety Rules (Formerly known as the Water Recreation Regulations). Included within the text also is New Zealand's system of Buoys and Beacons, Distress Signals and a selection of the important chart symbols found on New Zealand charts. In this respect it may be thought of as the replacement for the LINZ publication NZ201, List of chart Symbols and Abbreviations, no longer in print.

    A useful study and reference guide to rules and regulations applicable to all commercial and pleasure boats on New Zealand waters.

    NZ$28.00 + Delivery

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    The Boat Code Kit includes the Rules of the Road at Sea and a set of Nautical Flashcards, stored within a sturdy Plastic Wallet.
    Both items are extensively used in New Zealand Coastguard Education courses, both as a study guide and reference.

    This is the ideal portable study kit.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery

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    This handy pack consists of the RYA Handy Plotter, Divider/Pencil Compass, a 120 mm Douglas Square protractor, a 2B plotting pencil, eraser and sharpener and a small booklet of plotting hints.
    All items are contained in a clear, sturdy, waterproof plastic wallet .

    NZ$49.50 + delivery.

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    Size 293mm x 132mm.
    Ideal for chart plotting, this plotter is a handy size, perfect for the smaller chart table and is made from a thick, flexible and durable plastic.

    NZ$28.00 + delivery.

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    PLAIN PARALLEL RULERS, Aluminium Arms. 380mm.

    Used to plot or determine a course from a compass rose on a chart.

    These are ungraduated for the sake of economy. The 380 mm version suits most chart tables and desk tops, and is by far the most popular.

    NZ$42.00 + delivery.

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    This is a 360 protractor on a square, clear plastic base. In chartwork it can be used to plot direction from a meridian of longitude. It is most functional, however, in its use for plain paper plotting; eg. as a plotter for celestial position lines or radar targets. Larger squares, up to 300 mm, are available but are very expensive; in our experience the 120 mm version meets all normal needs. Customers for a large square could be well advised to consider the 390 mm sided Compass-rose Plotter as a very much cheaper and more utilitarian alternative.
    The Compass-rose Plotter has similarities in application to the Douglas square.

    NZ$5.00 + delivery.

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