NZ Skipper Coastal Offshore

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Vessel Operations (Coastal and Offshore) ( Level 4)


Maritime NZ licence (Skipper Coastal Offshore)

The Westport Deep Sea Fishing School is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.
Kua whakamanahia tēnei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wāhanaga 249 o te Ture Mātauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd ki te whakarato i taua i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.
Feel free to contact Peter Maich on 027 450 7585 with any questions on this program, applications and final licencing details.


Westport, Flexi Intakes, No minimum numbers
Full time on site, workbook at sea
Variable depending on experience, call for details
$6,000.00 gst inc


This qualification is the training required to sit for the New Zealand Skipper Coastal Offshore.
See licence details here
Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work as skipper on vessels less than 24 metres in length operating within the coastal and offshore limits as defined in the New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. Typical roles may be as skipper on any working vessel, ferry or fishing vessel.
WDSFS can assist with the application process for the SCO Licence and provide the finial MNZ exam as part of the program to student meeting all MNZ application requirements.


The Westport Deep Sea Fishing School owns and operates a 50 room hostel where rooms are available for $50.00 gst inc (covers breakfast and evening meal). Call 0800 782 969 for more information.

Qualification Gained

On successful program completion the following will be gained.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Vessel Operations (Coastal and Offshore) ( level 4)
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire-fighting
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Elementary First Aid.
  • Marine General Radio Operators Certificate

WDSFS will also assist with the MNZ application for the Skipper Coastal Offshore licence if required and can conduct the final MNZ exams toward this licence.

Program content

Coastal Watchkeeping
Coastal Legal and Moss
Coastal Metrology
Marine General Radio Operators Certificate
Coastal Passage Planning
Coastal Stability

STCW Safety modules

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Personal Safety Techniques
  • Elementary First Aid

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements
There are no minimum academic requirements for entry.

English language requirements
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Those students whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 (with no band score lower than 5.0) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.

Other requirements
It is recommended that applicants have already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Skipper Restricted Limits) or hold ringfenced equivalent certificates and be currently employed within a commercial maritime operation and/or have ongoing access to commercial vessels and MNZ qualified skippers to assist with your completion of the WDSFS Task Book.

Applicants will need to meet the full MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements prior to commencing this programme and be 18 years of age or over if they wish to be eligible for the MNZ licence which this programme contributes towards OR be prepared to work towards these requirements after the training program is completed.

Note: Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand license. All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer license must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that license.

Resources for Skipper Coastal Offshore Licence

Maritime New Zealand – Skipper Coastal Offshore Guidelines

Maritime New Zealand – Certificate of Medical Fitness for National or Ring-Fenced licences

Certificate of Medical Fitness (your doctor will complete this form and issue the above Certificate of Medical fitness. You are required to take both to the doctor’s appointment.

Maritime New Zealand Seafarer certificate application form