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10 Reasons why you should use a Professional Boat Trainer and not a Mate!

We recently came across a bad situation where a new boat owner asked an "Experienced" friend to teach them boating. This turned out to be a very costly mistake. The "Experienced" friend didn't have the skillset to recover the boat from hitting the dock. Teaching someone to operate a boat [...]

By | 2019-04-29T06:28:24+00:00 April 29th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on 10 Reasons why you should use a Professional Boat Trainer and not a Mate!

The 2 Golden Rules of Anchoring

One of the most important aspects of anchoring is setting your anchor and taking a transit to ensure the anchor is holding. Recently we were in Oneroa bay and when the wind picked up to 20Kts about 7 boats began to drag. The reason for ALL of these boats dragging [...]

By | 2019-04-06T00:52:14+00:00 April 6th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on The 2 Golden Rules of Anchoring

Trailer Boat Launch and Recovery Checklist

We have been asked by a lot of people to produce a basic generic launch and recovery checklist. The below list is a good basic guide. Obviously your vessel may differ so don't treat this list as conclusive, it's just a guide to offer some basic help.   Before leaving [...]

By | 2017-10-21T04:54:34+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Trailer Boat Launch and Recovery Checklist

Superyacht RYA Level 2 Course Combined with RYA PWC jetski certificate.

Powerboat Training NZ has now created a new course combo featuring the RYA Level 2 and RYA PWC certificate which are 2 of the main qualifications required in the superyacht industry.   So if you are looking at heading overseas for employment in the superyacht industry you will benefit from [...]

By | 2019-04-05T23:49:43+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Superyacht RYA Level 2 Course Combined with RYA PWC jetski certificate.

Boating Education: Jetski Training

Powerboat Training NZ has just added a new Seadoo Spark to our training fleet. If you are new to boating or have just bought a jetski, it's strongly suggested you get some training as there have been a lot of incidents cause by lack of awareness around these high powered [...]

By | 2017-06-25T05:20:32+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Boating Education: Jetski Training

How to tow a boat

A boat got into distress last Sunday in the middle of the White Sea. Unknown to them their distress was received by an Oscar class Russian nuclear submarine who were on exercise in the area and promptly made their way to assist them.   Due to weather conditions the boat [...]

By | 2014-06-11T21:10:04+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on How to tow a boat

What To Do In A Man Overboard Situation

Man Overboard     You may not have spent much time thinking about it but a person falling over the side of a boat can be one of a boaties worst scenarios to deal with. There are numerous reasons for falling over including inappropriate enthusiasm on the throttle and a [...]

By | 2014-03-27T07:55:18+00:00 March 27th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on What To Do In A Man Overboard Situation

How To Choose A Child’s Lifejacket.

Ensure You Choose The Correct Lifejacket. Children’s lifejackets can rely on foam, or air only to provide buoyancy. Normally, foam lifejackets provide about 100N of buoyancy and are suitable for inshore use. Air only lifejackets meet the requirements of a 150N lifejacket and are suitable for offshore use. Air only [...]

By | 2014-01-25T00:35:26+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on How To Choose A Child’s Lifejacket.

Boat Trailers – Yawn

Blue lights and traffic snarl ups 5KM long have taught many a keen mariner that perhaps they should have paid a bit more attention to the chariot that throned their pride and joy. Choosing the boat of your dreams doesn’t make sense if it is seated on the trailer of [...]

By | 2013-12-21T23:54:49+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Boat Trailers – Yawn

Help With Maritime New Zealand’s New MOSS

  Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is in the process of completely revising and changing the current Safe Ship Management (SSM) system to what will be known as MOSS or Maritime Operator Safety System. This means that anyone operating a boat commercially will be required to ensure all their documentation is [...]

By | 2014-03-12T03:50:23+00:00 December 22nd, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Help With Maritime New Zealand’s New MOSS