Marine Radio & Other Courses

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!

Compare marine radio courses carefully please: Our prices include all fees and the official 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 new practical testing requirements from 1st August 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 notrecognised overseas, potentially leaving you without an internationally recognised marine radio qualification for international boating charter or cruising use. ONLINE COURSES: Be aware that we have increased our invigilation fees (examination fees paid by external students) to accommodate practical testing and the risk of failure 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, no handbook (you are required by law to have an official copy on your vessel), no practical training and higher invigilation fees, 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: $265 (VHF only) or $305 (HF, MF and VHF) – includes official marine radio textbook (according to your stream) and exam fee of $89. Now includes practical testing at no extra cost. 

For more information, see the updated course overview (28 July 2017)

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

Coastal Navigation

Our next course commences on Wednesday 20th May 2020 for six consecutive weeks.
Please refer to the May link for the booking form
Our Coastal Navigation course is essential for any crew person participating in coastal or offshore yachting. It is considered mandatory for anyone who wishes to become a skipper and extend their boating adventures beyond protected waters. You will learn about chart plotters, the Automatic Identification System (AIS), compass use, setting courses, and much more. Practical navigation exercises are conducted throughout the course using charts. Student fees include your own copy of Australian navigation chart AUS143 Port Phillip which students retain following the course. 

Subjects included the course are:

  • Understanding marine charts, signs and abbreviations, tidal streams and coastal information
  • Setting courses to steer (CTS), allowing for wind tides current and leeway 
  • Effective use of  the steering and hand bearing compass, making adjustments for magnetic and compass errors. 
  • Methods of position plotting using compass, depth sounder, ships log, sextant 
  • Global Positioning System ( GPS) use and functions
  • Weather reports and forecasting services available
  • Lights and shapes, precautions to be taken when sailing at night.
  • Buoyage and IALA systems.
  • Essential rules and the Navigator’s responsibility.
  • AIS (Automatic Identification System) What is it and how to use it to improve your personal safety & navigation
  • Chartplotter usage. How to use these systems and how they differ to chart usage

Our guest lecturer is Stuart Marshall, an experienced yachtsman and former owner of his own sailing school.

Duration: 6 x 3 hour evening sessions (one evening per week). 7 pm to 10 pm.

Cost: $385 per person – includes extensive handouts (over 80 pages), use of classroom navigation tools and a marine chart of Port Phillip (AUS 143)

For more information, see the course overview. Students are encouraged to bring any chart navigation tools such as a Breton protractor, parallel rule or chart dividers to class. These tools will be required to complete homework navigation tasks.

Please note this course is limited to a maximum of 14 students and requires a minimum of six students to commence. To enrol in the April/May 2018 course or to find out upcoming course dates, please download the booking form below, or contact the Training Office on (03) 9534 0059 or Leigh on 0412 196 301.

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