Day Skipper: This is an elementary course in basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology, suitable for beginners and people with little experience in cruising yachts or motor cruisers. The course gives skippers enough knowledge to take charge of a boat and navigate around familiar waters by day. Duration: 40 hours plus exams.We run the course over 5 days at Christchurch.
Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore: A more advanced course for students who have already completed the Day Skipper course, or skippers who have a background of sailing, motor cruising or offshore racing experience, and which takes them up to the theory knowledge required for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Practical Examination. This course is not for beginners. Duration: 40 hours plus exams.
Yachtmaster Ocean: A course in astro navigation and worldwide meteorology and passage planning, which also unravels the mysteries of the sextant. A more advanced course for students who have coastal and offshore sailing experience, and navigation theory to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased standard. Course content includes Astro-navigation, ocean meteorology and passage planning. Ability after course: Have the background knowledge to skipper a yacht on ocean passages, understanding how to plan and navigate an ocean passage. Duration: 40 hours plus exams.
Marine VHF Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC): This qualification is essential for VHF radio users. A one-day course and examination for the Short Range Certificate (SRC) covers all the radio procedures. No age limit, but certificate post-dated to 16th birthday.
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