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Key Information:
Class Size: 3 - 8 people
Destination: Malta  
Category: Sport Camps
Specialty: Sailing  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 10
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 220 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 220 Euro (EUR) per person

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand-held equipment using international channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the pre-1999 VHF licence, you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can sit directly for an examination.

The topics which will be covered during the course include:
- The basics of radio operation;
- the correct frequencies (channels) to be used;
- distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures making ship to shore calls;
- Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators;
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS);
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB);
- Search and Rescue (SART).

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test.

Faculty Information:
The course is delivered and assessed by RYA qualified VHF/SRC instructors.

Other Activities:
The general principles and basic features of the maritime mobile service relevant to vessels NOT subject to a compulsory fit under the SOLAS convention:
- Types of communication of the maritime mobile service
- Types of station in the maritime mobile service
- Elementary knowledge of radio frequencies and channels appropriate to the VHF maritime mobile band
- Functionality of ship station equipment.

2. Detailed working knowledge of radio equipment:
- Radiotelephone channels
- Basic controls and usage
- Portable two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus
- Maritime VHF antennas
- Purpose and use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facilities
- Types of Call
- The Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number system
- Call categorisation and priority (e.g. Mayday)
- Call telecommand and traffic information
- VHF DSC facilities and usage.

3. Operational procedures of the GMDSS and detailed practical operation of GMDSS subsystems and equipment.
- Search and rescue (SAR) procedures in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Distress, urgency and safety communication procedures in the GMDSS
- Protection of distress frequencies
- Maritime Safety Information
- Alerting and locating signals
- Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)
- Search and Rescue Radar Transponder (SART).

4. Operational Procedures and regulations for VHF radiotelephone communications:
- Ability to exchange communications relevant to the safety of life at sea
- Distress communications
- Urgency communications
- Safety communications
- Reception of MSI by VHF radiotelephone
- Awareness of the existence and use of the IMO Standard Marine Navigational Vocabulary
- Use of international phonetic alphabet
- Regulations, Obligatory procedures and practices
- Practical and theoretical knowledge of radiotelephone call procedures
- Traffic charges
- Practical traffic routines.

Facility Information:
The course is held at the M17481 premises in Swatar and students will also be making use of VHF simulators during the course.

Price Includes:
- Tuition
- Assessment
- Use of equipment and certificate application.

About This Supplier
Location: Malta
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2007

We are a company specialising in delivering RYA tuition and the provision of yacht charters in Malta. We deliver a range of internationally recognised RYA courses for both sail and power. So whether you're looking at a full-time job in the maritime sector or if it's just pleasure, we will guide and prepare...

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