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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. 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

 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: $120.00 per person.

Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the VHF Radio Operator courses listed below for $102.00 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

Upcoming Courses

Starts Venue Day Times Public Member
30 Sep 17 Half Moon Bay (BBYC) Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
01 Oct 17 Browns Bay Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
05 Oct 17 Auckland MRC* Thursday x 2 7.00pm - 10.00pm
10 Oct 17 Panmure (PYBC) Thursday x 2 7.00pm - 10.00pm
14 Oct 17 Manukau Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
29 Oct 17 Hamilton Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
11 Nov 17 Auckland MRC* Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
11 Nov 17 Kerikeri Saturday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
29 Nov 17 Howick Wednesday x 2 7.00pm - 10.00pm
03 Dec 17 Auckland MRC* Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm
11 Dec 17 Orakei (OBC) Mon & Wed x 1 7.00pm - 10.00pm
17 Dec 17 Half Moon Bay (BBYC) Sunday x 1 9.00am - 3.00pm

* Auckland Marine Rescue Centre 

For further information email or book above.

 Last updated: 19 Sep 2017