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Maritime VHF Radio Course

Maritime VHF Radio Operators Course

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 education@coastguard.org.nz
*Only applies to Northern Region Members and the courses listed below.


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