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Maritime VHF Operator Certificate

Aim: To learn correct maritime VHF radio operation. 

Duration: 6 Hours. 

Qualification: Maritime VHF Operator Certificate.
Unit Standard 19491 V3 available - 3x Level 3 Credits.

Any person operating a maritime VHF radio must hold, as a minimum requirement, a Maritime VHF Operator Certificate (unless transmitting in an emergency or a distress situation). In addition, all maritime radio communications are required to be positively identified through the use of a Callsign (and in the case of a VHF DSC radio, an MMSI).

Knowing how to use a maritime VHF radio correctly and with confidence is vital in the event of an emergency. This course covers the protocols that must be followed when communicating over the maritime radio network.

Maritime VHF radios can be used for receiving weather forecasts, safety information, communicating between boats, or communicating boat to shore.  

The Maritime VHF Operator Certificate course covers the general features and functions of a maritime VHF radio, correct distress and urgency procedures for ‘Mayday’ and ‘Pan Pan’ calls, pro-words and phonetic alphabet, trip reports, weather services, callsigns, EPIRBS and other search and rescue equipment. 

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To use your Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the Discount Code field below (e.g. 123456). This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

To use your Coastguard NZ 15% membership discount on other selected Home Study courses, input "CGM" and your Coastguard membership number (e.g. CGM78091) into the  "Discount Code" field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. The courses included in this discount offer are: Day Skipper (Not to be used in conjunction with $100 discount), Boatmaster, Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate, Inboard Engine Maintenance, Outboard Engine Maintenance and GPS Operator.

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