Skip to the content

It’s important that boaties understand the principles and limitations of GPS navigation.

Who's it for?

Boaties who wish to understand how to use chart plotters and techniques for more complex navigation tasks. It’s helpful if you have completed the Boatmaster course before doing this course.

What will I learn?

The course covers the following modules:

  • Navigation
  • GPS Principles & Positioning
  • Initialisation & Set Up
  • Controls, Screens & Outputs
  • Passage Making
  • Waypoint Navigation
  • Accuracies & Errors
  • Installation
  • Chart Plotters
  • Choosing a Set

When and where?

The course takes 8 hours, and you can study at home or in the classroom during the day, evening or weekend. For locations and times see course information below.

How much does it cost?

$80 for the home study option, $160 for the classroom course.

Coastguard members get 15% off the NZ GPS Operator Certificate and a range of other Boating Education courses! Just sign up for your Coastguard membership online then use your membership number as your discount code to book. 

GPS Operator course

Enrol to study at home or in the classroom.

Boatie's Best Mate.

Get a Coastguard membership today for peace of mind when you’re out boating.