Dates & Prices

All courses are subject to demand with Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses alternating dates if necessary as places fill for each particular course.

As you will be joining the yacht ‘Atmosphere’ at the Opua Marina at 9.00am on the first morning of the course, it will be necessary to stay close by the evening before. Depending on your preference, we can suggest accommodation before your arrival.

Cost of Courses

The Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses are all NZ$1850

Included in Course Fee:

  • course notes
  • all meals cooked onboard
  • complimentary beer and wine each evening
  • accommodation on the yacht
  • linen – bring your own sleeping bag or we can supply one for a small fee
  • course completion certificate
  • full use of yachts inventory, which includes safety harnesses/lifejackets, navigation equipment

2021/2022 Course Dates

  • August 2021: 30 Aug-03 Sep
  • September 2021: 20-24
  • October 2021: 18-22
  • November 2021: 01-05, 15-19
  • December 2021: 13-17
  • January 2022: 17-21, 31 Jan-04 Feb
  • February 2022: 14-18, 28 Feb-04 Mar
  • March 2022: 21-25
  • April 2022: 11-15
  • May 2022: 02-06, 23-27
  • June 2022: 13-17


The Bay of Islands is located 3 hours drive north of Auckland. You have the option of renting a car and driving yourself, catching a bus, or getting a flight to Kerikeri and a connecting shuttle from there to Paihia and Opua. There are numerous rental car companies in Auckland, and 2 bus companies (northliner | intercity) running regular scheduled services to the Bay. Air New Zealand operate 4 flights a day. 

For more information about the Bay of Islands and the rest of Northland visit: |

What you need


In the Bay of Islands we experience a temperate climate with year-round temperatures ranging from 16 – 20°C during the winter months and from 20 – 28°C in the summer.

The nights can be considerably cooler so you need (especially on all the 5 day courses as we have a night passage) appropriate clothing for all weather conditions. It can be shorts and t-shirts during the day and thermals and fleeces at night.

A good wet weather jacket would be advisable, wet weather pants and sea boots if you have some.

Non marking footwear would be best for on the yacht as well. Other musts are sunscreen (all year round), sunglasses, sailing gloves (although not necessary), hat, towel, toiletries, sleeping bag.

If you have your favourite binoculars, hand-bearing compass or hand-held GPS then bring those along too.

Supplied are bottom sheets, towels and pillows. We can supply sleeping bags & wet weather gear for a small fee.


If you have special dietary requirements, then please let us know, or if you have a special snack treat or drink you can’t bear to be without for 5 days then bring it along, as we may not have it or be able to get it for you.


Before the course you should order from us or obtain from your local RYA book suppliers the appropriate course notes for your particular course.

This includes the RYA Logbook/Syllabus. Please make yourself familiar with the notes and brush up on the rules of the road.

We achieve more valuable instruction if you already have a good theoretical understanding of what we teach on these practical courses.

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any questions or need more information.

You can find out more about the courses we offer by checking out: 
RYA’s sail cruising
Boating Education’s sail cruising