Coastguard Hawke's Bay

Boating Education Courses available through Coastguard Boating Education Services.

Day Skipper
An introductory course for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. With a focus on the essential knowledge relevant to all boaties. Includes boat handling, safety equipment, navigation, tides and weather, rules and regulations. How to handle an emergency and the most important knots. Usually offered over a weekend or as a series of short evening sessions, or learn in your own time at your own pace through distance learning. Unit standard 26542 available. Applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, powerboats, jet skis, sea kayaks and waka.

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Extend your boating knowledge with this comprehensive course. Includes chartwork and navigation techniques, a thorough understanding of all the rules, distress signals and emergency procedures, plus knots and ropework. Covered over 30 hours as a series of evenings, weekend sessions or as a block course. Also available as a distance learning programme. Unit standard 26541 available.

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Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification

This is required to operate your fixed or handheld radio. Gain the know-how to communicate in an emergency. Covers all common operating functions, routine calling, trip-reports, weather and other available services. Essential learning includes how to make Mayday, Pan Pan, and safety calls, plus EPIRB operation. A concise course usually covered in 6 hours or learn at your own pace with our distance learning option. Unit standard 19491 available. MROC/Unit standard 19492 v 2 available for those venturing overseas or offshore.

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All training is offered in conjunction with Coastguard Boating Education.

Upcoming Events

Annual Boat Checks 2023/2024

Hawke’s Bay Volunteer Coastguard will be conducting annual boat checks at venues and dates as below:

Saturday 30th Sept and Sunday 1st Oct 0800 – 1200 hrs
Opening Day is Saturday 7th Oct

Clifton Marine
Saturday 7th October 0800 - 1030 hrs 
Sunday 15th October 0830 – 1030 hrs
Opening Day is Saturday 21st Oct

For moored boats – please contact Peter Boshier (Mobile 0274 427805), or John Flett (Mobile 0274319454) 

Inspections also available at Coastguard Headquarters, 704 Meeanee Quay, Westshore: Wednesday evenings: 1700-1900hrs

FREE inspections for coastguard members

Sponsors & Supporters

Bayleys - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay Napier Port - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay
The Southern Trust - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay The Lion Foundation - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay
Eastern & Central Community Trust - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay Hastings District Council - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay
Napier City Council - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay 
Infinity Foundation - Sponsor of Coastguard Hawke's Bay  

Coastguard Hawke's Bay

Coastguard Hawke's Bay Operations & Education Centre:
704 Meeanee Quay, Napier 4110, NZ.  Phone: 06 834 1345  Email: