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

The course is run over two evenings and is $120.

VHF 25: 7 & 14 November 6pm – 9pm.

VHF 26:  19 & 26 November 6pm – 9pm.

VHF 27: 27 February and 6 March 2019 6pm – 9pm

To book, please use the book now box on this page. If this course does not suit please email us ocean@rpnyc.org.nz to be notified of the next course.