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VHF operator

The VHF Radio Operator course is a 6-hour, theory-only course including exam, providing the necessary knowledge required to obtain the “Marine VHF Operator Qualification”. 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.

NZQA unit standard 19491 V2 is available (3x Level 3 credits).

The course focuses on:

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

Upcoming courses

VHF 32 – Tuesday 9 & 16 June 6-9pm.

VHF 33 – 19 & 26 August 6-9pm

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.