SRC VHF (including GMDSS) (Theory)
The VHF radio course is conducted at Allabroad’s dedicated shore-based 6 station communications training suite and leads to the VHF radio license. Allabroad Sailing Academy insists its VHF instructors are also experienced marine electricians and fully qualified GOC radio operators (the highest radio communications certificate you can acquire) in conjunction with the minimum requirements of RYA VHF Instructor.
At Allabroad you will be trained on real networked Icom marine radios by one of the most qualified and experience radio communications lecturers in Gibraltar. At the end of the course you will have a thorough knowledge of Digital Selective Calling and general voice procedures required to pass the VHF exam and receive the SRC DSC Radio license required for Yachtmaster candidates. More importantly you will have real practical experience on real radio equipment and not the fiddly unrealistic computer simulators still used by some schools. Also there is a wealth of extra information included in the course and your enthusiastic lecturer will be available for expert advice on matters of maritime communications and electronics.
- Required for MCA RYA Yachtmaster Coastal & Yachtmaster Offshore.
- Required by many charter and flotilla companies.
- The correct use of the VHF could help save a life.
- Get the most out of your equipment.
- Advice on communications equipment requirements could save you money.
- Classroom equipment available
- Knowledge of channel allocations
- Understanding of Simplex and duplex
- Ability to calculate ranges based on antennae height
- Correct use of Digital Selective Calling
- General Operating procedures
- How to send Digital distress alerts and Maydays
- Procedures for adding new individual and group users
- What to do after receiving a mayday
- Cancelling false alarms
- Use of SARTS EPIRBS Navtex and AIS
- Installation and basic testing of VHF equipment
- Interfacing GPS to VHF
- And much more…
Other VHF instructors may have completed just a 1 day instructors course in order to deliver this course with no previous teaching experience necessary. Whenever booking any one day course always ask about the experience and qualifications of the instructor.
We believe that in order to deliver a superior course and provide the best learning environment that; your instructor is to have extensive training and experience, our minimum requirements for experience and qualifications for the delivery of the VHF course are as follows:
- Qualified VHF Instructor (minimum 5 years active teaching)
- Qualified GOC Radio operator
- Marine electrical background
- Full Yachtmaster Instructor sail or motor min 5 years
- At least one other classroom based teaching qualification
Your instructor will be David Punch who prior to his role as Principal at Allabroad Sailing Academy worked as a marine electronics specialist notably in the Radar Navigation and Communications area. David has been an RYA VHF instructor since 2002 and a holder of the top marine communications qualification available, the GMDSS GOC, since 2005. Very knowledgeable in this field and enthusiastic too, he can deliver the VHF course in an interesting and thorough manner, can advise on all areas of marine communications and answer many technical questions way beyond the standard syllabus if required.
- Minimum Pre-course Experience & Assumed Knowledge
- You must know the phonetic alphabet. To test your knowledge with a short and fun quiz, please follow this link to our RYA Interactive page.
- 1 day, 0930 until 1730
- GMDSS Short Range Certificate to Operate
- Course dates: Sunday 9th October & Monday 7th November
- Groups of six may set dates at their convenience.