This is a one-day course tailored to anyone who owns or uses a fixed or hand held marine VHF radio.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
Newer VHF sets are either factory fitted, or are interfaceable with DSC controllers allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the 'old' VHF licence (pre-1999), you will need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase or exchange for new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination (please contact us for more information about direct assessments).
This course replaces the Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators course and is for students with no existing Marine VHF qualification. It covers both basic marine band VHF operation and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System procedures using Digital Selective Calling.
Students will be able to practice procedures using VHF DSC and GMDSS equipment fitted with dummy loads in order that they may be operated in the classroom environment.
The use of this equipment, rather than the computer generated simulators used at many other training establishments, enables the student to experience hands-on use of the equipment & procedures.
These are used during the morning & early afternoon and assessment is a continuous process.
The all important practical assessment is complemented by a written test covering other areas of the syllabus.