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Learn how to correctly operate a maritime VHF radio.

Who is it for?

Unless it’s an emergency situation, anyone operating a maritime VHF radio must hold a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate. If you want to learn how to log a trip report over the VHF, let us know where you’re going, or communicate with your fellow boaties, this is the course for you.

A VHF radio is the best way to communicate distress immediately and it’s the accepted way to ensure continuous contact with search and rescue services.

What will I learn?

Knowing how to use a maritime VHF radio correctly and with confidence is vital in the event of an emergency. This course covers the protocols that must be followed when communicating over the maritime radio network. Maritime VHF radios can be used for receiving weather forecasts, safety information, communicating between boats, and from boat to shore. 

The Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate course covers the general features and functions of a maritime VHF radio, correct distress and urgency procedures for ‘Mayday’ and ‘Pan Pan’ calls, pro-words and the phonetic alphabet, trip reports, weather services, callsigns, EPIRBS and other search and rescue equipment.

When and where?

The course takes 6 hours, and you can study online, at home or in the classroom during the day, evening or weekend.

How much does it cost?

$85 for the online and home study options, $120 for the classroom course.

Coastguard members get 15% off the VHF Radio Operator certificate and a range of other Boating Education courses! Just sign up for your Coastguard membership online then use your membership number as your discount code to book. 

Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate

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