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Maritime VHF Radio Operator   (6 hours)

Aim: To learn correct Marine VHF Radio Operation. The minimum legal requirement to operate a marine radio.

Course Content: Routine operation, safety, distress and urgency.

Qualification: Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification.  Unit Standard 19491 available.

1. Routine Operation
          Common features & functions 
          Pro-words & phonetic alphabet 
          Call signs & channel allocation

 2. Safety 
          Trip reports 
          Weather information 

3. Distress & Urgency 
          "Mayday" & "Pan" calls 
          EPIRB and SAR

The Marine VHF Radio Operator assessment is only available within New Zealand.

Why it is important to use a Marine VHF Radio:

  • To communicate distress immediately
  • Continuous contact with search and rescue nationwide
  • To hear other boaties in distress
  • To get regular weather updates
  • A cell phone lets you talk to one person, a VHF lets you talk to many people
  • It could save your life in an emergency 

Course Fee: $116.00 per person.

Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the VHF Radio Operator courses listed below for $99.00 pp! Please book by selecting the member option below (online bookings subject to member verification) or phone during office hours on 0800 262 843 or e-mail
*Only applies to Northern Region Members and the courses listed below.

Upcoming Courses

18 Mar 17 Bay of Islands Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
05 Apr 17 Orakei (OBC) Wednesday x 2 7.00pm - 10.00pm
13 May 17 Orakei (OBC) Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
14 May 17 Browns Bay (BBMC) Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
14 May 17 Maraetai Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
11 Jun 17 Waiuku Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
19 Jun 17 Auckland MRC* Monday x 2 7.00pm - 10.00pm

* Auckland Marine Rescue Centre 

For further information email or book above.

 Last updated: 15 Mar 2017