Knowledge of the correct use of a marine radio is not only essential for the safety of all on board, but also 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.

  • Previous Experience

    Nil required

  • Course Duration

    One day

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    VHF License

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

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

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)