Howick Coastguard Boating Education Courses

Course Descriptions:
Marine VHF    Day Skipper    Boatmaster  
Understanding GPS

Dates and Times    Bookings



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: 08/06/2015 (every Monday for 2 weeks)
Exam: TBA (Saturday)

Dates: 07/12/2015 (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: 13/04/2015 (every Monday for 6 weeks except public holidays)
Exam: (Saturday)

Dates: 19/10/2015 (every Monday for 6 weeks)
Exam: (Saturday)

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

Dates: 24/06/2015 (every Wednesday)
Exam: TBA (Saturday)

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

Dates 16/09/2015 (every Wednesday for 3 weeks)


Bookings

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


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