Marine Radio Course

Marine radio training postponed due to Stage 3 COVID – 19 Health Restrictions in Greater Melbourne area from 8 th July 2020. Next course 2 nd September, 2020.

The Victorian Government announcement on 7 th July, 2020 of renewed Stage 3 COVID -19 Health Restrictions for the Greater Melbourne Area have resulted in our sailing and marine radio training courses being postponed until these restrictions are eased.

These latest Stage 3 health restrictions are advertised for a six – week period and potentially may ease from August 19 th 2020, subject to notification from the Victorian Government. Our marine radio courses will continue to be planned and advertised for the period beyond 1 st September 2020 (our next marine radio course is 2/9/2020 – see below) on the basis of approval by the Victorian Government  in recreational activities & gatherings. The ability to conduct marine radio exams (an included element of our marine radio training course) is also subject to approval by the marine radio regulator, The Office of Maritime Communications of our COVID Safe plan.

Please feel free to register your interest in courses or send in a booking form. For your peace of mind payment will not be requested for any course until a week prior to the commencement date.

If you are interested in  the next marine radio course starting 2 nd September 2020 , or need some advice about marine radios or sailing, please contact us via email at training@rmys.com.au or Leigh Brennan-Smith on 0412 196301.

Prior to 8 th July, 2020 restrictions we had just commenced several new courses and we have had a lot of interest in joining our sailing and boating courses. We look forward to your continued interest and support heading towards Spring, 2020.

Leigh Brennan-Smith, Chief Instructor, 10 July 2020.

The Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy conducts a number of shore based marine courses throughout the year, including International Marine Radio Certificates and Coastal Navigation. These courses are available to the public, all boating enthusiasts and members & friends of RMYS. 

For more information on any of these courses, contact Leigh at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy on 9534 0059 or 0412 196 301, or email: training@rmys.com.au

Marine Radio

International Marine Radio Operators Licence. Short or Long Range Marine Radio Certificates. New Testing Regulations.

A marine radio is one of the most important safety items onboard a vessel, and the correct use of your radio will allow you to access weather updates, important safety information and call for assistance in an emergency. All marine radio users (except 27 mhz users) must have a Proficiency Certificate (licence) by law under the Commonwealth Radio communications Act 1992 – don’t risk a huge fine or imprisonment! 
International marine radio qualifications. All of the marine radio qualifications taught at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy are recognised internationally so you will be able to use your qualifications around the world in yacht charters or international cruising. You can choose to study for your full HF, MF and VHF marine radio licence for offshore and coastal use (Long Range qualification, previously the MROCP certificate), or just a VHF licence if you only want to use a radio in enclosed waters (Short Range qualification, previously the MROVCP certificate). You will undertake several hands-on exercises using training radio equipment, including use of the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress signal. You have the opportunity to use our linked ICOM VHF DSC radio network or our newly installed ICOM 801E HF marine radio to enhance your practical radio knowledge and prepare for the NEW practical user test (see below)!

The course fee includes lectures delivered by experienced marine instructors, hands on use of our marine radios set up for training, a Marine Radio textbook (for Long Range or Short Range qualification), your exam/licence fee and now practical testing. The exam ($89) and text book ($25 or $45 according to your stream) are included in your course fees. All exams & licencing are administered on behalf of the Commonwealth by the University of Tasmania.

New testing regulations as of 1st August 2017All marine radio students must be practically assessed using marine radios in addition to successfully passing a multiple choice test (as before).Our training course includes the use of actual marine radios as part of our normal teaching methods. So when it comes to practical testing you’ll be able to demonstrate how to use the radio – just like in a real onboard emergency!

Please compare marine radio course offering carefully.

Our marine radio course fees include all exam and supervision fees as well as a copy of the official Marine radio textbook. We offer a face – to – face training course and hands – on practical marine radio training with experienced marine radio instructors present! Plus with the practical testing requirements from 2017 you’ll have gained practice using actual marine radios before any testing occurs. The Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ). Be aware this qualification is VHF only and for use in Australian waters only. The AWQ is not recognised overseas, potentially leaving you without an internationally recognised marine radio qualification for an overseas boating charter or cruising holiday.

ONLINE COURSES: Be aware that we charge an invigilation fee (examination fees paid by external students) to accommodate the compulsory exam supervision and practical testing. The risk of failure is high by online or self study students who may have undertaken an online course and never seen or used a marine radio. When you add the online course fee, plus an exam fee of $89, plus an invigilation fee and no handbook (you are required by law to have an official copy on your vessel), no practical training, why would you risk an online course? As the marine radio licence is without renewal (potentially lifelong), why would you also consider a lower qualification or an online course that does not offer practical training!

Duration: one full day or two evenings (VHF only) or three evenings (HF, MF and VHF)

Cost: $275 (VHF only) or $315 (HF, MF and VHF) – includes official marine radio textbook (according to your stream) and exam fee of $89.  Includes practical testing at no extra cost. 

For more information, see the updated course overview 

We can also organise mid-week one day training courses for groups or undertake external group training. Just ask! 

To enrol in a course or to find out upcoming course dates, please download the booking form below:

Here’s what some recent students had to say about our marine radio course:

“The best parts were the instructor’s knowledge and hand on experience with the radio equipment” Andrew, cruising yacht skipper
  • “I had a great time, got practical (marine radio) experience and learned a lot.”   Luke, new trailer sailer owner
  • “The course was relaxed and delivered in a friendly manner. Application was great. Very happy thanks Leigh!”  Jason, keelboat helmsman
  • “The best parts were the presenter’s knowledge and experience, the use of real radios and the practical field assignment”  Alex, club volunteer
  • “Attending this marine radio operators course enabled me to revise skills and update with new technology. Great interactive learning – thanks!” Richard, race officer
  • Best parts of the course were: “Learning a valuable new skill and interaction with others in the group with similar interests. It was a very interesting and well-run course. I really enjoyed it.” Mark, yacht owner

For more information contact Leigh at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy

Phone:  03 9534 0059
Mobile:  0412 196 301 
Email: training@rmys.com.au