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Costal Skipper Course


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Coastal Skipper
(55 hours)
Aim: To gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of coastal navigation and an understanding of the causes and effects of coastal weather. An advanced course for those wishing to undertake coastal voyages.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Boatmaster, Marine VHF Radio Operator Certificate, 200 hours proven sea time.

Qualification: NZ Coastal Skipper Certificate.

Course Content: Comprehensive navigation techniques, meteorology, passage planning, assessment - written and oral.

1. Coastal Navigation
The nautical chart
Courses & bearings
Magnetism & the Magnetic compass
Fixing position
Tides & tidal streams
Allowance for set & drift
Marine radar
GPS


2. Coastal Weather
Marine forecasts & weather maps
Air masses, fronts & pressure systems
Clouds & fog
Terrain effects on weather
Sea, waves, & Swell.
Passage of systems over New Zealand


3. Passage Planning Assignment and Oral Assessment
3.1 Undertaken as an individual assignment:
Passage Planning
3.2 Tested or discussed at an oral assessment:
Collision regulations
Equipment & instruments
Ship-handling & stability
Emergencies and distress signals
Master's responsibilities and obligations

Course Fee: $785.00 per person (including exam fees) - additional resources are required for this course.
Summer special* - Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Coastal Skipper course listed below for $670.00 pp! Please book by phone during office hours on 0508 737 283 or e-mail education@coastguard.org.nz
*Only applies to Northern Region Members"
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