Marine Radio

Eight hour course approved by ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority). It covers VHF (short-range), MF/HF (long-range) and GMDSS relevant equipment such as EPIRBs, SARTs and DSC.

Did you know that you must possess a Marine Radio Operators Certificate before you use a marine radio? You also need a certificate to apply for an MMSI number to be able to operate the DSC function on your radio and obtain a ship’s license to operate your MF/HF transceiver.

This course is a requirement for those looking to get their IYT Bareboat Skipper, IYT International Certificate of Competence, RYA Yachtmaster, AMSA Master, and Coxswains.

If you have a radio onboard your vessel, this course is an absolute “must”. We pride ourselves on more than just getting you over the line for the license exam. We actually teach you how to use a radio.

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What you will learn

  • Licensing rules and regulations

  • Frequency and Channels

  • Marine radio uses and communications

  • Radio Propagation

  • Repeater channels and shore stations

  • Distress, urgency & safety calling

  • Using a DSC enabled radio and AIS

  • Emergency beacons and transponders

  • Power supplies for radio equipment

  • Practical use of radio

How to get your radio licence

  • At the end of the course, you will undertake a 50 question, multiple-choice exam. The exam has a 70% pass rate (35 correct questions)

  • There is also a short practical assessment where we will observe your ability to use a radio to make routine and distress calls.

  • The exams are sent to the Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania where the exams are marked.

  • If successful, your certificate is posted directly to you

  • Payment of an $89 exam fee (not included in course fees)

What you need to know

$300 per person plus there is an $89 exam fee. Course will only go ahead if we have a minimum of 4 participants

Notebook and pen

Course is 8 hours in total. It is split into 2x 4 hour evening sessions

At Manly Sailing: corner of East Esplanade and Stuart Street

Participants should be 16 years and above.

Parking in Manly can be difficult there are a few council car parks nearby and most streets around have 2 hours of free parking. Best option is getting the ferry or public transport in and walking over to Manly Sailing. If you head in via Ferry visit our new ticket booth in the wharf to lock in your rental.

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