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 Operator Certificate qualification. Unit Standard 19491 available. Those looking to get a commercial skipper qualification, use an SSB radio or use a VHF Radio overseas might be interested in more information here.
1. Routine Operation
Common features & functions
Pro-words & phonetic alphabet
Call signs & channel allocation
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
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