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Breakdowns, flat batteries, sick passengers. We're there to help. Your Coastguard membership means we'll send a rescue vessel to sort it out. We'll get you home, get you going again or attend to those in need. Check out our great membership benefits below!

Join Coastguard Today

Become a Coastguard member today and take advantage of our great benefits and special discounts.



If you run into non-emergency trouble such as a flat battery, mechanical breakdowns or passenger illness, your membership entitles you to assistance without further charge, no matter where you do your boating in New Zealand. (T's & C's Apply)



New Coastguard Members get a $100 discount on our Day Skipper Course* - great for boaties and those wishing to brush up on their skills.

Plus, Coastguard members also get 15% off these popular education courses:

  • Day Skipper

  • Boatmaster

  • Maritime VHF Operator Certificate

  • Inboard Engine Maintenance

  • Outboard Engine Maintenance

  • GPS Operator

  • Radar Operator


A Coastguard membership gives you access to the Coastguard Boating Insurance Policy through Marsh Insurance.

Bosun's Locker

Coastguard members can buy charts, nautical texts and selected safety equipment at a special price from the Coastguard Shop, the Bosun's Locker. Contact the team on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) to find out more and to purchase.

Lifejacket Hire**

Taking friends out on the water and need another lifejacket? Hire a quality Hutchwilco lifejacket from Coastguard for a weekend, a week or, longer. Coastguard members receive discounts off lifejacket hire frees.

For more information on any of the above items go to:

Terms and Conditions

* You have 12 months from your membership start date to redeem your new member $100 Day Skipper discount. See membership terms and conditions for more details.

** Available from the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre only.




Life Jackets

  • Take them – wear them. Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly.

  • Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water


  • Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulty

Marine Weather

  • New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable.

  • Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.

Avoid Alcohol

  • Safe boating and alcohol don’t mix!

Skipper Responsibility

  • The skipper is legally responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat.

  • Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience

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