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About Us

Our mission is to deliver practical skipper training courses...

to help you take your maritime career to the next level

Through years of teaching for different maritime training providers, we identified a need for practical, hands-on training options.

In our experience, most other skipper training courses put needless pressure on students, and over-complicate what – we thought – could be so simple.

That’s why we put our heads together and developed a completely new SRL course with a focus on efficiency and practicality.

In a nutshell, our SRL course is unique in that…

  • It doesn’t require months of self-directed online learning
  • Your tutor will sign off your Training Record Book in class
  • It includes practical sessions on the water
  • You can complete your Training and Record book on our block course in 4 – 5 weeks

That way, you can gain your skipper qualification much faster and with more support than in other SRL courses.

Skipper Training NZ (Ministry of Education number 6035) is a private training establishment that has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under Part 4, subpart 5 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Meet Our Team

Our team of tutors are all still serving on the water and have a real-life understanding of the issues facing seafarers today

Milo: international skipper trainer from Canada

Milo Coldren

Director & Tutor

Milo began working commercially and recreationally off Canada’s west coast. He’s taught internationally and settled in New Zealand in 2002.

Milo’s qualifications include:

  • ASA Instructor
  • Master NC (USCG)
  • Skipper Coastal / Offshore (NZ)
  • Inshore Launch Master (NZ)
  • Marine Engineer Class 6 (NZ)
  • Master <24m NC (Australia)
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Level 6, NZ)
  • Coastguard Boating Education Instructor and Examiner
  • Maritime Radio instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Sea Survival Instructor
  • Amateur Radio operator (ham)

Phil Bishop

Nautical and Survival Specialist Tutor

Phil has been teaching & tutoring in the marine industry for over 15 years. When he is not delivering maritime and leadership training in the RNZN or running his own Maritime School in Auckland.

Phil’s qualifications include:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (200 Ton) Commercially Endorsed
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (200 Ton) Commercially Endorsed
  • RYA Yachmaster Instructor, Trainer & Examiner
  • RYA Advanced Power Boat Certificate
  • RYA Advanced Power Boat Instructor
  • Skipper Restricted Limits
  • Master Yacht <24m
  • Coastguard Boating Education Tutor & Examiner
  • Radio Examiner
Ruby: qualified educator with 5 years serving on commercial vessels

Ruby Needham

Student Engagement 

Before heading to sea, Ruby qualified as an educator. She then spent 5 years serving on commercial vessels, most recently in the South Pacific on a 40m commercial super yacht.

Ruby’s qualifications include:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (200 ton) Commercially Endorsed
  • PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver and Rescue Diver
  • Skipper Restricted Limits (24m)

Addie Lowe

Administration Manager

Addie spent many years boating recreationally in the Tasman region and has recently completed an SRL course with us. She works with us both in the office and out on the water.

Addie’s qualifications include:

  • Skipper Restricted Limits <12m

Aaron Miller

Curriculum Design

Aaron has worked in NZ, Australia and Hawaii on vessels ranging from fishing, tourism and ferries. He is also a Mate on the YWAM Koha (ex Claymore II). Aaron is passionate about sharing, mentoring and imparting his knowledge with others.

Aaron’s qualifications include:

  • New Zealand Offshore Master
  • Marine Engineer Class 5
  • Master <35m NC (Australia)
  • Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC (Australia)
  • ADI Scuba Rescue Diver
  • GMDSS General Operators Certificate
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft/Rescue Boat

Barry Harwood

Engineering Specialist Tutor

Barry has spent previous years in the RNZN specialising in Electrical and Marine engineering. He works commercially out on the water in Dunedin and is a Unit Training Co-Ordinator and Master onboard the local Coastguard Rescue vessel.

Barry’s qualifications include:

  • Skipper Restricted Limits
  • Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7, NZ)
  • Diploma in Engineering – Electrical Engineering (Level 6, NZ)
  • ISC Coastguard Master
  • Marine Engineer Class 6 (NZ)

Why Choose Us?

Our mission is to provide practical skipper training courses to help you take your maritime career to the next level.

Skipper Training in NZ AUS

Student Focus

We’re a small school so can adapt quickly to student needs, like spending time on the water instead of in the classroom.

Experienced Team

All our tutors are current professional skippers who have local and international experience.

Promised Results

We guarantee that we will find the right fit for you, as long as you put in the study time and follow the guidelines.


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