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Published: 2012-03-15 00:00:00

Further opportunities for Waikato boaties to learn about important safety skills are being offered over the next few weeks.

Last weekend, with support from Waikato Regional Council, Coastguard’s Raglan unit held another course, attended by more than 50 people, on how to safely cross the notorious Raglan bar.

Now Coastguard is offering a one day marine VHF radio operator’s course from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 24 March at Raglan for a $95 fee.

This will be followed by a weekend day skipper course at Raglan on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April from 8.30am to 4.30pm each day. The cost is $195.

Coastguard says new members can get a $100 discount off the day skipper fee and $40 off the VHF operator fee.

People wanting to register their interest in the two latest courses can call 0508 737 283 or email

The two latest courses will be held at the St John’s building, 11 Wainui Rd.

Meanwhile, further bar crossing courses are due to be held later in the year. People can register their interest in these with Coastguard Raglan’s secretary Brigid Green on 07 825 8089 or email