Marine Training and Tourism
Operations Course

Have you ever dreamed of working at sea on a boat? Now is your chance! R. Tucker Thompson have teamed up with Queenstown Resort College Tai Tokerau (QRC) and Skipper Training NZ to deliver a Maritime Training and Tourism Operations Course. 

With hands on learning, you’ll be ready to jump on the boats this summer season. Earn a QRC Certificate in Tourism Operations (Level 4) and work towards a Qualified Deck Crew (QDC) certificate.

  • Starts 25 July, 2022
  • 17 Weeks
  • Hands on shift placements on boats
  • Based in Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Accommodation and food can be provided
  • Only 12 spaces available
  • Earn your Tourism Operations Certificate (Level 4) 
  • Complete the Qualified Deck Crew training with Skipper Training NZ

The Programme

The programme will deliver the QRC Tourism Operations programme with a focus on Maritime NZ Qualified Deckhand Crew certification. This combination of course content makes up the Maritime Tourism Operations course. Students will work towards two certificates qualifications shaped to suit the current local job market.

Tourism Operations

Tourism Operations provides an introduction to the dynamic tourism industry. The programme focuses on the concepts of Manaakitanga (the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others) and Whanaungatanga (a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging) and how these are applied in a professional tourism and hospitality context. Graduates will understand the importance of customer service and interpretation in delivering a unique visitor experience.

Maritime Operations

The Maritime Operations part of the course will be delivered by Skipper Training NZ. They will deliver industry training to prepare candidates to sit the Maritime NZ Qualified Deck Crew certification. Every week they will spend time on boats in the bay completing their Qualified Deck Crew Training Record Book in preparation for the Maritime NZ oral exam. Maritime NZ can award the QDC Certificate of Competency after the candidate completes their Training & Record Book successfully completes their MNZ oral exam passes a fit & proper check and a basic medical.

The course will be delivered over 17 weeks from July to November. Students will have the opportunity to apply for jobs on the water for the 2022 summer.

Students can access accommodation, meals and pastoral care through the QRC campus. Students can access Fees Free study, student financial support and thus obtain subsidised education and a clear pathway to work.

Tucker Thompson have sourced funding through the Mayors Task Force for Jobs and support from the MSD Community Recovery Programme to deliver the QDC programme. This means this portion of the course is subsidized.

Tutors will be both tourism and maritime experts from Queenstown Resort College R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust and Skipper Training NZ.

Students will spend time on different boats in the bay and work towards summer jobs on the water.

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