A trip report (TR) is a message that you pass to Coastguard Radio to advise us of your intended boating activity.
All VHF radio transmissions in New Zealand are legally required to be individually identifiable, and the best way to do this is with a callsign.
VHF radio and Nowcasting channels
Broken down, need a tow, or simply looking to make a trip report? Use these VHF channels to contact us.
What to do in an emergency
Most emergencies occur unexpectedly and very quickly. Being ready for any issue can help you and your mates survive a dramatic incident.
What you need on your boat
Here's the Coastguard approved list of what you should have on your vessel when you head out.
When to check your gear through the year
Here's a handy checklist for when it comes to checking the gear aboard your boat.
Your beacon, be it a PLB or EPIRB, is a key piece of safety equipment to have with you when you’re exploring the great outdoors – whether on the water, or on land.
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Courses for new boaties
Check out a range of boating courses for all levels including the Day Skipper, Maritime VHF Radio Operators, VHF Callsigns and more.
The Day Skipper course is suitable for all members of the family or crew, and applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, powerboats, jet skis, sea kayaks, and more.
Maritime VHF Operator Certificate
Learn how to correctly operate a maritime VHF radio
The Boatmaster course is a comprehensive course for boaties with current knowledge and experience encompassing a wide range of vessels such as yachts, launches and powerboats.
Inboard Engine Maintenance
The inboard engine course is for anyone who wants to gain essential knowledge on the operation and care of inboard diesel engines.
Outboard Engine Maintenance
Coastguard receives more callouts for mechanical issues than anything else.
A great course for boaties who wish to understand how to use chart plotters and techniques for more complex navigation tasks.
Boatie's Best Mate.
Get a Coastguard membership today for peace of mind when you’re out boating.