Courses – Day Skipper, Boat Master, VHF Radio Available

Coastguard Boating Education Courses Underway Next Week

With these shorter cooler days now is the perfect time of the year to get into the classroom and formalise your boating education. Wellington Ocean Sports is a Coastguard Boating Education accredited provider and has several courses available for you to consider.
Day Skipper
The very popular Coastguard Boating Education course “Day Skipper” is again being offered at Wellington Ocean Sports. Day Skipper is a 15 hour theory only course that is applicable to all water users. No experience is necessary to attend the course, but it is also ideal for those with boating experience who have never undertaken formal boating education.

Day Skipper leads on to New Zealand’s most widely recognised boating qualification “Boatmaster” and then to the prestigious “Coastal Skipper” qualification. Day Skipper covers the following topics – boats and equipment, navigation, rules and regulations, emergencies and basic knots.

Our next Day Skipper course is commencing on Tuesday 3 June runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30pm.

For those wanting to move to the next level Boatmaster is for you. The Boatmaster course is a 30-hour, theory-only course providing in-depth knowledge of all aspects of boating safety. Whilst this is an excellent stand-alone course, the Boatmaster course is also a pre-requisite for the ‘Coastal Skipper’ course.

Our next Boatmaster course commences on Wednesday 4 June and runs over Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30pm

VHF Radio Operator
Wellington Ocean Sports next VHF Radio Operator course is running over the evenings of 15 and 17 July from 5.30 to 8.30pm and there are still several places available for booking. This 6-hour, theory-only course including exam, provides the necessary knowledge required to obtain the “Marine VHF Operator Qualification”.
This is the minimum qualification required for anyone to legally operate a fixed or hand-held marine VHF Radio. We recommend adding on the MROC qualification, which is only an extra half hour, allowing you to operate HF SSB long range radio equipment.
If you have any queries feel free to give me a call in the office on 939 6702 or via email  at

Matt Wood
Project Manager
Wellington Ocean Sports
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club