A marine radio is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can carry on board but it's of little use to you if you don't know how to use it to call for help in an emergency or other mishap. Marine Rescue units run a program of courses each year aimed at teaching members of the boating community how to use their marine radios correctly and appropriately.
Before choosing the right course for your needs, it will be helpful to have an understanding of the regulations applying to marine radios and which require you to have a qualification to operate and a licence to own.
The Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) courses are based on ACMA requirements.
The LROCP course will enable participants to operate VHF, MF and HF marine radios for enclosed, inshore and international offshore cruising.
Course participants will gain: * the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures, in particular those relating to distress, urgency and safety messages for VHF including DSC (Digital Selective Calling) and MF/HF (Medium Frequency and High Frequency); and * an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment; simple maintenance practices; and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.
The SROCP course participants will gain: * the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures when using 27Mhz and VHF, including DSC; and * an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment; simple maintenance practices; and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.
These exams are provided by the Australian Maritime College in Tasmainia and our invigilators are certified to conduct the examination. If you wish to complete one of these courses please contact the base as shown below. Currently the examination costs $83 (as set and paid to AMC) just to sit the examination. There is no cost to any volunteer who wishes to become a radio operator. The course and its resources can be viewed online at: