Latest Newsletter: Louise’s Blog…..September 2017

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Welcome to our newsletter page. NZMS Senior Lecturer Louise Deehan-Owen blogs regularly on this page to keep students and graduates up to date on issues which concern the “local skipper” market.


As we enter the second half of the year there is plenty to report on in the training sector. The New Zealand Maritime School has expanded its campus and now the MIT Warkworth Campus is part of this long-term training facility. Many students will be familiar with the fire training facility and hot fire ground, but much more is offered from the Warkworth site.

Under the direction of well-known maritime identity Rusty O’Kane, the Warkworth campus offers a range of maritime qualifications. Rusty is a foreign Going Master and brings a wide body of experience to the job – both internationally as Master of offshore support vessels, and anchor handling tugs, as well as the local domestic industries of towing and charter. Rusty has a passion to pass on his experience and skills to students.

The Warkworth Campus offers programmes of study from Qualified Deck Crew (QDC) to Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) and the Super Yacht Crew Certificate.

The QDC and SRL programmes are designed for the ‘at work learner’. These courses integrate the Maritime NZ Training Record Books, at-work learning, online learning, and contact courses. For the QDC programme of study, all learning is based around the workplace with courses for firefighting, sea survival and first aid being the only school-based contact required.

Having the SRL based at either Warkworth campus or the waterfront Auckland city campus gives learners at the New Zealand Maritime School a choice as to where they may wish to stay if travelling from out of Auckland to study. Planning for 2018 will ensure that candidates for SRL will have a choice of nearly continuous course cover, with required contact courses alternating between sites. This will provide candidates and companies with more SRL dates than were available in the past. Students are also able to complete part SRL deliveries at both sites to ensure maximum flexibility.

Another programme delivered at the Warkworth campus is the super yacht crew. This is popular with school leavers and those who wish to gain employment in the super yacht industry overseas.

The super yacht crew programme offers students the opportunity to gain the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) Power Boat Level 2, Competent Crew and Proficiency in Water Craft certificates. These individual certificates are recognised internationally and are required for the operation of the small vessels that are carried on-board these large yachts. This course is also used a s a pathway to employment in the New Zealand commercial industry as it provides students with valuable introductory skills and practical experience. This programme pathways and prepares the student to complete the Chief Mate Yacht Certificate of Competence that is recognised worldwide and delivered at the NZMS Auckland city campus.

Best wishes


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