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Tutor: Martin Whyte of Marine Radio Safety.
Venue: LDYC Clubhouse
The course is approved by the Dept of Transport Marine Radio Affairs Unit. It is the Short Range Certificate of Competency (VHF). The course covers both Modules 1 and 2.
Module 2 covers the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) including Digital Selective Calling (DSC) which is incorporated in all new Marine VHF radios and greatly enhances rescue.
The legal requirement is best explained by paragraph 1 of the license application.
- "1. In accordance with the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926, the appropriate licence must be held to cover possession or use of radio equipment. Possession or use of radio equipment without a licence is an offence, which renders the offender liable to prosecution and, on conviction, fines and confiscation of equipment."
To operate a radio you must have a license and you must have a Certificate of Competency and authority to operate before the application is processed. While owners of recreational craft, e.g., yachts, sail cruisers, motor cruisers, etc., are not required to install a radio system, nevertheless if they opt to install a radio system on a voluntary basis, they must also carry a Ship Radio License on board.
The examination consists of two papers Safety of Life at Sea and Rules and Regulations. There is also a VHF Exercise and Practical (15 min).
The course is held over two days. The cost is €250 per student which includes examination fee and application for certificate. The exam is normally conducted straight after the course.