Commercial Skipper Training - SRL

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 Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (CIDMO)

This is your pathway to gaining your Skipper Restricted Limits Certificate of Competence issued by Maritime New Zealand allowing you to work commercially here in New Zealand and is produced and administered by Coastguard Boating Education.


Contact Coastguard Boating Education to register your interest, to discuss your needs and then to sign up so that you can get on your way to becoming a commercial skipper in New Zealand.  This is a flexible option that will allow you to continue working while you study.

The SRL certificate consists of several modules for you to complete. 

8 Shorebased Theory courses (CIDMO).  A Seafarer Training Log book, your Advanced Sea Survival, Fire fighting, First Aid,  Seafarers Medical and a Fit and Proper Person form.

Elements Watersports Is able to offer you assistance with completion of your Training Record Book (TRB) and your theory course work as a programme of classroom tuition and Practical on water training with options of study times and venues that suit you.  NOTE: Coastguard Boating Education will arrange for your courses as they are part of your CIDMO (SRL) course cost.

We can create a programme of study and practical tution that suits you and allows you to learn, gain confidence as well as complete the eight required shorebased modules and a number of the practical tasks outlined in your Maritime New Zealand Training Record Book (TRB).  The TRB shows evidence of your sea time (you need at least 200 hours) and the documentation of the practical on-board tasks.  Elements will also provide your training for Advanced Sea Survival and assistance with completing the Fire Fighting Certificates and First Aid Courses.   

To gain your SRL Certificate of Competence you will also need to complete an Oral exam with Maritime New Zealand .

Most of our students starting from scratch can achieve completion within 6 - 8months.  The maximum time limit is 1 year.

The Shorebased Course modules are:

Boatmaster  -   General seamanship, Maritime Rules and Navigation                           

MRROC-   Maritime Restricted Radio Operators Certificate     

GPS   -   Chart plotters and Electronic Navigation

Radar   -   Uses of for Navigation and Collision avoidance  

Inboard Engine Maintenance   -   Operation and troubleshooting

Outboard Engine Maintenance   -   Operation and troubleshooting

Legal & MOSS   -   Maritime Transport Operation Legislation and requirements

Working Safely on Small Commercial Craft   -   Watch Keeping, stability and Deck Machinery.

All the above modules, with the exception of Radar are available as both classroom or home study. Radar does not have a home study option.

What happens if you have already completed some courses in the past?

Elements as your mentor and guide is able to offer recognition of prior learning (RPL) from CBE for training already completed alleviating the need for unnecessary repetition of training.  However some students may still need to complete short bridging modules or additional assessments to cover recent changes in course content for some of these modules.

The cost of your course will depend on a number of factors so get started Today - Email Peter for a quote and more detail on getting qualified.

What other costs/fees are there?

Sea Survival

Fire Fighting

1st Aid

Seafarers Medical ( including eye sight and hearing)

MNZ application fee – currently $995 (payable to MNZ) 

MNZ examiner fee – approx. $250 (payable directly to the MNZ examiner)

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