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We’ve got your back

A Coastguard membership means you’re not alone on the water. We’ve got your back.  All it takes is a call for assistance and we’ll be there.

Become a Member

Breakdowns. Flat batteries. Sick passenger. 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. After all, we’re your best mates out on the water! Check out our great membership benefits below.

Information and Safety Services

Trip Reporting

As a Coastguard Member you can take advantage of the Trip Reporting services on offer 24 hours a day by our operations room.

A Trip Report (TR) is a message that you pass to a coast station (Coastguard) to advise them of your intended boating activity or voyage. We record this information in our computer system, so that it is available to help identify your location and provide other details if search and rescue is required.

Every time you leave your home port, make sure you contact our Coastguard Communications Centre either on the Coastguard marine VHF channel for your area, or by your cell phone on *500.

Bar Crossing Service

New Zealand’s west coast a fantastic place to fish, but crossing the various bars can be treacherous for even experienced boaties. Coastguard operates a bar crossing watch for your safety, to make sure we have your back whenever you cross.

A member will call us as they approach to cross the bar, we log this is our computer system and it puts a Search and Rescue Watch (SAR WATCH) on your boat. Once you reach the other side of the bar safely, you call us back and we cancel your SAR WATCH.

If, however, we don’t hear from you within the allowed time limited (roughly 15 minutes depending on the bar), we then start search and rescue procedures.

Live Weather

Coastguard broadcasts the latest weather from Metservice live throughout the day, 365 days of the year. Should you miss the scheduled weather forecast you can pick it up on our continuous weathers channels 21, 22 and 23 (depending on the area you choose to do your boating).

Free Assists

If you run into non-emergency trouble such as flat battery, mechanical breakdown, passenger illness, your membership entitles you to assistance without further charge, no matter where you do your boating in New Zealand

Special Discounts

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

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

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 (available in the Northern Region only). 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 Northern Region for a weekend, a week or longer. Coastguard Members receive discounts off lifejacket hire fees. 

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

 Terms & Conditions
* You have 12 months from your membership start date to redeem your new member $100 Day Skipper discount. See Membership Terms & Conditions for more details
**Only available in the Northern Region

Become a Member Today

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