Boating courses

Coastguard Boating Education have a range of training and education opportunities for boaties, experts and schools.

Courses available for all levels

Study in a classroom, from home or online


Day skipper

a four wheel drive vehicle tows a power boat on a trailer towards a boat ramp while the sun sits low in the sky in the background.

An introductory course for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating.

Day skipper course [Coastguard boating education]




A comprehensive course for boaties with some existing knowledge and experience.

Boatmaster course [Coastguard boating education]


VHF Radio Operator Certificate

a rear shot of a fishing trawler heading away out to sea with a seagull hovering nearby.

The minimum requirement for all users of Marine VHF Radio.

VHF Radio Operator Certificate [Coastguard boating education]


Coastguard also offers Sea Survival, Bar crossing, Medic and Yachting courses.

See all available courses

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Youth courses

Coastguard is pleased to offer short courses and programmes for students and young adults.

Find a youth course