Marine Radio SRC / VHF Course
A radio is a highly important piece of safety equipment on board, which is why it is vital to understand the correct usage procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate is a one-day course that caters for anyone who owns or operates a fixed/ hand held-marine VHF radio. Furthermore, this certificate is required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
Course topics include:
- The basic of radio operation
- The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
- Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
- Making ship to shore telephone calls
- Digital Service Calling (DSC) using simulators
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Emergency Position including Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
- Search and Rescue (SART)
The course is taught by using radio simulators and will be examined by a written test and practical assessment. All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced with GPS to allow your position to be sent as part of a Distress Alert.
The Course consists of 3 parts
- Pre Learning – we send you some vital information to learn before the course
- Course – One full day covering all the topics mentioned above
- Exams – On the same day you write the exams and we submit the papers on your behalf
This course is available in Cape Town and Simons Town
GMDSS Long Range Certificate (LRC) covers
- Marine MF/HF (SSB) & VHF radio
- Digital Selective Calling
- Radio procedures – routine, urgency and distress communications
- Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts
- Maritime radio services
- Radio propagation, antennas and wavelengths
- Radio maintenance – daily, weekly and monthly checks
- Radio regulations and legal requirements
- Satellite communications – Inmarsat C & fleet 77
It is intended primarily for Sailors and Skippers who have a range of radios and Inmarsat systems. This would normally be vessels operating more than 40 miles off shore.
A candidate will be required to:
- Demonstrate a practical knowledge of GMDSS sub-systems and equipment which is appropriate to vessels operating in Australian waters on which a radio installation is not compulsory under international agreements. Specifically, MF/HF and VHF radio telephony equipment with digital selective calling (DSC) facilities, and emergency position indicating radio beacons of the 406 MHz and 121.5/243 MHz type
- Demonstrate an ability to use MF/HF and VHF radio telephony and digital selective calling (DSC) operating procedures, particularly those relating to distress, urgency and safety
- Demonstrate an understanding of simple maintenance practices required to keep the marine radio equipment specified in (1) in good working order, including the repair of minor faults
- Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations applicable to ship stations equipped with radio telephony and digital selective calling facilities
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Australian marine search and rescue system
This is a 5 day course held in Cape Town
GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)
The GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC) is the highest level in radio communication. It is required for any personnel who have radio communication duties onboard vessels fitted with GMDSS equipment.
The General Operators Certificate (GOC) course provides a mixture of theory and practical application as part of the GMDSS examinations.
The course covers three main areas:
- General knowledge of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and practical radio operations
- Regulations and procedures for situations such as emergencies and distress
- Practice and understanding of radio-telephone communications and equipment
Master (Code Vessels less than 200gt) Officer of the Watch (Yachts less then 500gt)
Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt)
Fluent in English and knowledge of the phonetic alphabet
Duration: 10 Days
Candidates require an understanding of:
- The concepts underlying the Inmarsat satellite system, including location of satellites, global coverage, ocean regions, network coordination and control stations and land earth stations.
- The worldwide rescue coordination centre (RCC) network and automatic routing of distress messages.
Candidates require a detailed knowledge of:
- Transmission and reception of distress alerts.
- The procedures to be used should a false distress alert be inadvertently transmitted.
- Transmission and reception of priority alerts.
- The Enhanced Group Calling system for reception of Maritime Safety Information.
Candidates require a knowledge of:
- The functionality of Inmarsat type A, B, C, E and M equipment.
- Antenna stabilisation and shadows.
- The messaging facilities provided by Inmarsat C.
- Logging-in and logging-out of Inmarsat C.
- Two digit code safety services.
- Interfacing with navigational equipment and manual position updating of Inmarsat C.
- Authorised users of SafetyNET.
- How to perform testing of equipment to ensure functionality of Inmarsat C equipment.
- Radiation hazards associated with Inmarsat equipment installations.