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Fishing regulations

At Coastguard we’re all about people being responsible boaties, but we also want you to be responsible fishos out there.

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Looking out for divers

The role of boatperson is a key one for a safe and enjoyable dive. Establish and agree on a plan before leaving the boat.

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Safety under the water

Taking a minute to prep and get ready for diving will make sure you get home safe with a good haul.

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Protecting our marine environment

Here are three easy ways to keep yourself out of trouble and our marine environment clean.

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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.

Day Skipper

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

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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.

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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.

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Outboard Engine Maintenance

Coastguard receives more callouts for mechanical issues than anything else.


GPS Operator

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.