2015/16 Boating Courses (continued)

VHF Radio Course

The next course takes place in a classroom at Midland Secondary School, 3 evenings: Monday, April 18, Wednesday, April 20 and the final exam takes place Friday, April 22, 2016.  

All Boaters Beware …   

Why… a Marine VHF Radio?

The question is asked more often than not.  Why should I have a VHF Radio in my boat?  I already have a cell phone, isn’t that good enough?  No, not really.  If all you have is a cell phone, then that’s what you use, but you are seriously limiting your ability to communicate quickly with Coast Guard and other boaters.  In the case of an emergency, you want the fastest response possible.  Using a cell phone only extends the time to receive aid quickly (lives could be at risk).

Here are some pros and cons for you to digest, which should help you with your answer.

  1. The marine VHF radio fitted with a Digital Selective Calling feature is an important tool used by pleasure craft operators as an important part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).  If you are in distress, the alarm button is pressed and a digital message is automatically broadcast to ALL similarly equipped vessels.  (Canadian Coast Guard, other boaters).  The message contains your vessel details and your GPS co-ordinates.
  2. The VHF radio is transmitted over a wide area and has a range farther than a cell phone (20 nm +).  This increases your chance of rescue many times over and you won’t go into voice mail.
  3. The VHF radio is the principal method of communication for safety and search and rescue services.  The Coast Guard is set up specifically to “listen in” on the Distress Channel (16); 24/7 and react as quickly and efficiently as possible to distress and safety issues.  They are not set up to receive cell phone calls.

So, “Take the Course”


Take Industry Canada’s Maritime VHF Course and earn your “lifetime” Radio Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) so that you can legally operate your Marine VHF Radio within Canadian waters.

Sign up today to enroll in our next Maritime Radio Course to ensure your place in this well-attended class.



Take the Maritime Radio Course
Digital Selective Calling—Maritime Radio Course update …

Pre-register for the next offering of this well-attended class by completing our Class
Sign-Up Sheet
and e-mailing it to Noel Campbell, noel.campbell@rogers.com or just contact Noel at 705-549-5383.

Restricted Operator's Certificate (Maritime)* is required by ALL operators of VHF, HF and MF Marine band radios. In fact, each person on a vessel who uses the radio needs his/her own operator's card. Does everyone on board your vessel know how to call for help, should help be needed?

* The Marine Radio Course provides you with training on Emergency Radio Procedures along with everyday operating techniques. You will be well prepared for the ROC(M) exam.

* ROC(M) is a Canadian Federal Government-issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio. If you received your ROC(M) card before the “Digital Selective Calling” was introduced, you are encouraged to attend this class to obtain the DSC endorsement for your ROC certificate. All new VHF radios are equipped with the DSC function that greatly enhances rescue personnel’s ability to assist you in an emergency.

Based on the number of those who’ve completed our pre-register sign-up sheets, student instruction manuals will be given out at registration.

Cost:   Course            Member       Non-Member      Self-Study
          Maritime Radio……   $                  $                         $
      OR Couples Share ……   $                  $                          —   
           Payable to Midland Power and Sail Squadron

What's included in the course?

The successful student receives the Marine Operator’s Certificate which is valid for his/her lifetime.

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