1. It is illegal * to operate a VHF Marine Radio WITHOUT a “Certificate of Proficiency” (license)
*except in emergency situations” It is a legal requirement that you have a VHF license if you intend to use your radio (for non emergency regular use)
2. There are two VHF Marine Radio Courses
The Australian Waters Qualification AWQ
designed specificaly for recreational powerboat and sailing boat operators in Australian Waters $195 pp
The International SROCP VHF course.
for overseas hire of some charter boats and some commercial uses $295 pp
Both are a 4 hour course conducted by us on the same night.
Both are “hands on” with a room full of radios
Both cover not only the legal requirements, but also the day to day operation, – who do I call? – How do I call, – is my radio working properly , – etc etc
Both are a 4 hour course , with some online pre reading, covering all the rules and regulations, how to use of radio, who to contact in an emergency, DSC, EPIRB,mmsi, etc
in the classroom, there is a visual presentation, practical example, and practical use of the VHF radio before a multiple choice test and a practical “hands on” test – actually operating the latest marine VHF radios.
The link to do the online section of the course will be sent to you once you have booked and paid by credit card.
The Australian Waters Qualification has been prepared by the Australian Media Communications Authority to suit recreational boat operators. The certificate and ID Card is issued at the end of the course.
The International SRCOP qualification is overseen by AMC in Launceston Tasmania who mail you the certificate about 10 days after the course.
After booking and paying, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online pre-reading and learning.