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Marine VHF Radio Short Range Certificate

 (GMDSS)

The course consists of 7 hours classroom learning with the candidate doing at least 3 hours home study prior to the course using the approved pack provided, which is sent by post. The classroom training runs from 0830 to 1630.  Examinations commence when the course has finished so expect to stay behind to complete your examination.

It is essential that the home study is completed so that the candidate is ready for the classroom session and final Examinations. A short test will be held at the commencement of the course.

You will need to provide a current Colour Passport Photograph and be familiar with the phonetic alphabet.

Course topics include:

        the basics of radio operation

        the correct frequencies (channels) to be used

        distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures

        making ship to shore telephone calls

        Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators

        Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

        Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

        Search and Rescue (SART)

At the end of the course the Theory and Practical Examination will be conducted by a visiting Examiner. To successfully pass the Examination you will need to complete a short written/multiple choice assessment and a practical assessment using a VHF/DSC Radio.

The cost of the course is 140 plus 60 for the Examination paid to the RYA.