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About Dave

East Coast Maritime Training provider servicing; Napier, Taupo and Gisborne areas

About Safe Boating NZ

Safe Boating NZ is a locally owned Maritime Education Provider. My aim is for students to gain maritime qualifications by using a variety of practical teaching strategies to deliver main stream boating education qualifications. This approach to learning will also suit hands on learners.
I specialise in encouraging motivation through effective teaching practices onboard our 6 metre purpose built Stabicraft, featuring the latest electronics and unbeatable safety standards.

Rules of the road at sea

Who gives way? What speed can I go?
Know your rights on the water.

Marine Forecast

Accurately reading and understanding marine forecast and know where to find the best and up to date information for your local area

Emergency Procedures

Do you know what to do if your boat capsizes, catches on fire or you experience engine failure

Lights, Buoys and Beacons

Caught out at night or want to stay out fishing a bit longer.
Our on-water night boating course gives you the skills to get you home after dark.

Navigation and Chart work

Become competent with using marine charts and on water navigation.

Planning for your Trip

Are you prepared to take the family for your day on the water?

Our Courses

We are taking the learning out of the classroom and onto the water. We offer:

4 hour on water practical tuition

4 hour on water practical tuition

This is an ideal course for those boaties looking for practical skills and experience. My purpose built Stabicraft boat “Educator” will help you understand the Rules of the Road at sea, buoyage system, boat handling, launching and retrieving, preparing for a day out and emergency procedures.

 Contact us now to find out course details

Navigation course over 3 week nights (taking bookings now)

Navigation course over 3 week nights

Over 3 x nights we will give you the skills to understand and navigate your way around a Marine Chart.

This course is designed for the beginner and is specific to our local waters specific to your area. It will give you the knowledge to plot a course, identify hazards, transfer information from the Chart to your GPS and learn how to use a compass.

Next Course starts soon

3hr Night training

3hr Night training

Caught out at night, want to fish at night? No worries! This course is perfect for you. Our practical on water course will give you the knowledge and confidence to navigate your way home safely by learning the lights, buoys and beacons specific to your area.  Know what equipment you need on your boat and your responsibilities when out after day.

Upcoming courses: TBC

Corporate Challengers

Corporate Challengers

Out of ideas as to what to do for your staff xmas party, get together or just a fun day out on the water?

We have the solution for you, Our 1/2 day Corporate challenge is a great way to having fun and maybe a bit of a competition between your crews.

Contact us for details on what the Challenges and day consists of.

Upcoming courses: TBC

Dayskipper, Boatmaster & VHF (Courses now available)

Dayskipper, VHF & Boatmaster Courses.

We facilitate Dayskipper, Boatmaster and VHF (MROC) courses through Coastguard Boating education

Pathway to a Maritime Career

Path way to a Maritime Career Program

  • Pathway to SRL (Commercial Skipper)
  • We provide the hours you require at sea
  • We provide the knowledge
  • This course can be taken full time or part time ‘after hours’.
  • Students will be well prepared to go to Maritime College at Mahurangi Tech once they have completed the program

This program will be your pathway to a Maritime Career. For more information contact me today  027 237 9178

For Dayskipper, Boatmaster and VHF  contact Coastguard Boating Education on the link at the bottom of the page for dates and course details.

Courses now available

To enrol contact Coastguard Boating Education @ or 0800 40 80 90.
Become a Coastguard Member and receive $100 off the Day Skipper Course.


Your Tutor

Dave Wallace (Wally)


  • Commercial Skippers  SRL
  • Industry Specific Coastguard Master: 7 Years
  • 30+ years recreational boating
  • CBES – Coastguard  Boating Education Tutor: 7 Years
  • 11 years Frontline Maritime Search and Rescue
safe boating skipper Dave Wallace - Wally

Contact Us

For further information including pricing and course dates:

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(Keeping Families Safe at Sea)


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