VHF operator

The Maritime Restricted Radio Operator Certificate course is a 8-hour, theory-only course including exam. Any person operating a maritime VHF radio must hold, as a minimum requirement, a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate (unless transmitting in an emergency or a distress situation).

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.

Whilst this is an excellent stand-alone course, the VHF Radio Operator course is also a pre-requisite for the ‘Coastal Skipper’ and ‘Offshore Skipper’ courses, the more advanced Coastguard Boating Education qualifications.

The course fee includes Coastguard registration and the basic course pack.

The course focuses on:

1. Routine Operation

    • Common Features & Functions
    • Pro-words & Phonetic Alphabet
    • Call signs & Channel allocation
    • MF/HF (SSB) Operation
    • Frequency Allocation
    • Radio Propagation

2. Safety

  • Trip Reports
  • Weather Information
  • Securite

3. Distress & Urgency

  • “Mayday” & “Pan” calls
  • EPIRB and SAR
  • Alarm Signal

Upcoming courses

MRROC 13 – Tuesdays: 9th and 16th April. 5.30pm – 9.30pm. $250.Minimum 6 participants for course to proceed. Twelve seats remaining.

  • NB: minimum 6 participants required for course to proceed.

To book, please select the course start date and number of people attending from the book now box on this page.  If you need help check out our booking help.  Please note all courses are subject to minimum booking numbers to run.

If these course times don’t suit please email ocean@rpnyc.org.nz to be notified when new courses are scheduled.