Marine radios are the single most important piece of equipment carried aboard recreational craft. They are both a means of contacting the outside world in an emergency and for receiving pertinent information such as weather forecasts and notices of hazards to navigation. Knowledge of the correct use of this equipment is not only essential for the safety of all those on board, it is required by law.

An operator of a marine VHF radio must hold a Short-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (‘SROCP’).  Many vessels are now equipped with a VHF marine radio with Digital Selective Calling (‘DSC’) capabilities, and AIS transceivers.  This equipment requires registration with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority who issues the vessel an MMSI number to enable these capabilities.  An applicant for an MMSI must hold a SROCP.  

An operator of a medium or high frequency marine radio must hold the Long-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (‘LROCP’), and this also applies to VHF marine radio operation.  

In the one-day marine radio course in our classroom in Manly Queensland you will learn the safe and proper use of radio equipment and sit either the SROCP or LROCP exam.  An Operators Handbook is provided to you in advance of the course.  Course cost includes $89 exam fee to AMC and handbook.


Complete the Short-range (only) radio licence from the comfort of your own home and sign up to the online version of the course.  All course material and exam is online.

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    Nil required

  • Course Duration

    One day

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    VHF License

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

Course Syllabus Overview:

  • The basics of radio operation.
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used.
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures.
  • Making ship-to-shore telephone calls.
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using training radios.
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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