A comprehensive course for boaties with some existing knowledge and experience. Applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches and powerboats.

Aim: To gain detailed boating knowledge.
Duration: 30 Hours.
Qualification: NZ Boatmaster Certificate. Sea Kayak Endorsement and Unit Standard 6914 available.
Learning Options: Tutorials or Home Study (See details below).
Prerequisites: Day Skipper recommended.


1. Equipment

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 & manoeuvring
  • Berthing, launching & retrieving
  • Rough seas & surf
  • Crossing bars

5. Rules & Regulations

  • Collision prevention rules
  • Water recreation rules
  • Harbour bylaws
  • Skipper responsibility

6. Ropes

  • Rigging, bends & hitches



Boatmaster Home Study (NEW!!)

Now you can learn in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. Ideal for people who cannot attend a Boatmaster course due to a restricted schedule or geographical location.

Includes: Boatmaster Manual, Study Guide, Safety in Small Craft text book, Rules of the Road at Sea reference book, Flash Cards, and Examination Pack.


Please call Peter Marshall on 0800 212628 for the next intake date and course costs, alternatively you can email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.