New England Sailing Center (NESC)

New England Sailing Center

VHF Certification

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  • Description:

A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to know how to operate a marine radio as well as what to do in case of an emergency. This course also covers an introduction to other marine communications. Students qualify to test for the VHF Radio Operator Certificate.

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  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: VHF Radio Operator Certificate
  • Duration: six to eight hour course
  • Curriculum:

A written exam will be administered at end of classroom session. A grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. Should a candidate fail an examination, a re-take exam will be allowed for an additional fee.

Syllabus Overview

1. Introduction
2. Basic Radio Theory
3. Subsidiary Equipment
4. Common Radio Terms
5. Regulations/Licensing Requirements
6. VHF Radio Equipment
7. SSB/HF Radio Equipment
8. Radio Procedures
9. Emergency Radio Communications
11. EPIRB and SART
12. Satellite Communications