LOG ON LOG OFF TRIP PLANNER
– Tell Someone where you are and be found Safely!
Why Have A Marine VHF Radio On-board Your Boat?
The main purpose for fitting a marine VHF radio to a vessel and using it responsibly, is its potential to save lives at sea, including yours, that’s why it is important to leave the radio switched on, monitoring the International Distress VHF Channel 16.
I’m Peter J Hackett and for many years I taught Marine Rescue Group (MRG) volunteers and the general public in the correct use of the marine VHF radio when used to communicate between two vessels or to an MRG land base station.
During the marine VHF Radio Course, students are taught that if they are not using the radio competently, it might as well be used as an expensive “anchor”.
When I say “students”, that includes the skipper and crew members of all ages, gender and experience – even 747 Pilots!.
Does Everyone Onboard Know How To Send A Mayday Call?
It’s important for all onboard to know how to transmit a Mayday Distress Call along with knowing how to set up the marine VHF radio ready to transmit a distress call.
Completing a course will give you the operational skills essential for the confident and responsible use of a marine VHF radio.
The main benefit of studying for the Long Range (LROCP) or Short Range Certificate of Competency (SROCP) certificate is in knowing the correct DISTRESS, URGENCY and SAFETY radio call procedures.
Do You Know The Local Area VHF Marine Radio Channels To Use?
Some basic boating communication knowledge is essential for the safety of you and the crew, so please check out these other questions.
Who can I tell my Log On Log Off Trip Plan to?
How do I make a radio call to a MRG?
What is the Phonetic Alphabet?
Where do I register my 406 MHz EPIRB or PLB?
Which EPIRB model? GPS vs Non-GPS?
What is the correct way to send a radio message?
Do I Need A Certificate Proficiency?
vhfradiocourse.com will not replace a good face-to-face course delivered by experienced MRG trainers who include practical experience to test your competency in setting up the radio and roll play a TX & RX however, it will assist those who cannot make it to a classroom environment due to time constraints, cost or do not enjoy online training.
This Official Marine VHF Radio Handbook will provide “at home – self pace” learning I’m sure you’ll enjoy and help you to teach others…
Even if you don’t sit for the certificate examination, the handbook and Q&A are great resources to have on the boat for you and the crew.
Safety of Life at Sea – SOLAS
When ever going to sea, let somebody know. Accidents can happen just a few hundred metres off-shore without anyone but the skipper and crew knowing.
Surveys have shown most occur within the first 2 hours of travel time. Around the Australian coastline are a number of volunteer marine rescue groups maintaining a listening watch, ready to receive your call.