Education Courses & Activity Calendar

Howick Coastguard Boating Education Courses

Course Descriptions:

Marine VHF | Day Skipper | Boatmaster | Understanding GPS

Dates and TimesBookings

Howick Activity Calendar

We have added all of our activities and training programme into the publicly viewable Google Calendar shown below. Click on an entry to find out more:

 

Course available at Howick Coastguard:

Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification

The minimum requirement for all users of Marine VHF Radio.

Aim: To learn correct Marine VHF Radio operation.
Duration: 1 day, or 2 nights
Prerequisites: None.

Modules:

  1. Routine Operation
    - Common features & functions
    - Pro-words & phonetic alphabet
    - Call signs & channel allocation
  2. Safety
    - Trip reports - Weather information
    - Securite
  3. Distress & Urgency
    - "Mayday" & "Pan" calls
    - EPIRB and SAR

Dates and Times


Day Skipper

An introductory course for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. Applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, powerboats, jet skis, sea kayaks and waka.

Aim: To provide essential boating knowledge and safety.

Prerequisites: None.

Modules:

  1. The Boat
    • Parts of a boat
    • Boating equipment
    • Boat handling
  2. Navigation
    • The chart
    • Compass
    • Tides & weather
    • Buoys & beacons
  3. Rules & Regulations
    • Rules of the road at sea
    • Lights & sound signals
    • Navigation safety rules
    • Skipper responsibility
  4. Emergencies
    • Distress signals
    • Emergency situations
    • Hypothermia
  5. Knots
    • Knots, bends & hitches

Dates and Times


Boatmaster

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 provide detailed boating knowledge.

Prerequisites:

Day Skipper recommended.

Modules:

  1. Equipment
  2. Emergencies
    • Accidents
    • Distress Signals & Procedures
    • Search & Rescue Organisation
    • Lifesaving & Fire fighting
  3. Navigation
    • Compass, Chart work & Publications
    • Tides & Weather
    • Buoys & Beacons
  4. Boat Handling
    • Stability
    • Anchors & Anchoring
    • Steerage, Manoeuvring, Berthing, Launching & Retrieving
    • Rough Seas, Surf, & Crossing Bars
  5. Rules & Regulations
    • The Collision Prevention Rules
    • Water Recreation Rules
    • Harbour Bylaws
    • Skipper Responsibility
  6. Ropes
    • Rigging, Bends & Hitches

Dates and Times


Understanding GPS

A short course intending to give the student knowledge and confidence to use a GPS as an aid to simple point navigation and includes some hands on use of a GPS receiver and related chart work.

Qualification: Optional exam.

Dates and Times



Dates and Times

VHF Operator
Location: Howick Coastguard, Howick Beach
Time: 19:00 – 21:30   (7:00PM - 9:30PM)

Dates: Dates: refer to Calendar or Contact Us (every Monday for 2 weeks)
Exam: TBA (Saturday)

Day Skipper
Location: Howick Coastguard, Howick Beach
Duration: 15 Hours.
Time: 19:00 – 21:30   (7:00PM - 9:30PM)

Dates: Dates: refer to Calendar or Contact Us (every Monday for 6 weeks except public holidays)
Exam: (Saturday)

Boatmaster
Location: Howick Coastguard, Howick Beach
Duration: 30 Hours.
Time: 19:00 – 21:30   (7:00PM - 9:30PM)

Dates: Dates: refer to Calendar or Contact Us
Exam: TBA (Saturday)

Understanding GPS
Location: Howick Coastguard, Howick Beach
Duration: 6 Hours. Time: 19:00 – 21:30   (7:00PM - 9:30PM)

Dates: refer to Calendar or Contact Us

 

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Bookings should be made through liz.norquay@coastguard.org.nz

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