Marine Radio Long Range Course - HF/VHF

Did you know that it is an offense to use a Marine Radio without a Licence to Operate? There are severe penalties for the misuse of Marine Radio, including operating without a licence, and this includes hand-held portables.

The Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) is the preferred licence and is for operating both VHF radios (short range radios) and Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) Radios (which are designed for long range transmission). Successful completion of the exam qualifies you to receive the LROCP certificate. Course fee includes the practical and theory examination.

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The Course

The purpose of this course is to help you pass the exam, gain your licence and be competent and legal in the operation of your radio. A Marine Radio is a vital safety aid for vessels and a knowledge of the correct procedures for operating a Marine Radio in an emergency could save your life.

The cost is $240 per person


This course assumes that you have no prior knowledge.


The course will cover all aspects of the operation of Marine Radios and at the conclusion you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a practical knowledge of global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) sub-systems and equipment which is appropriate to vessels operating in Australian waters on which a radio installation is not compulsory under international agreements. Specifically, MF/HF and VHF radio telephony equipment with digital selective calling (DSC) facilities, and emergency position indicating radio beacons of the 406 MHz and 121.5/243 MHz type.
  • an ability to use MF/HF and VHF radio telephony and digital selective calling (DSC) operating procedures, particularly those relating to distress, urgency and safety.
  • an understanding of simple maintenance practices required to keep the marine radio equipment specified in (1) in good working order, including the repair of minor faults.
  • an understanding of the regulations applicable to ship stations equipped with radio telephony and digital selective calling facilities.
  • a basic knowledge of the Australian marine search and rescue system.
  • a practical knowledge of marine radio operations and equipment.

Course is 8 hours and consists of 2 x 3 hr weeknight sessions and 1 x 2 hr exam


You must be over 16 years of age to obtain a HF/VHF licence


Instructor will provide all learning support material and resources. You will need to bring with you a colour passport photograph, note book and black pen. You will also need to show photo ID.


For more information about this course please contact the DSS Office;
Phone 03 6223 1977 | email sailtrain@dssinc.org.au


Click HERE for full list of course dates and enrolment.

Derwent Sailing Squadron members please login to your mySailor HERE before registering then enter the discount code DSSMEMBER to receive a 10% discount.

If you are interested in a course and no suitable dates are listed, why not tell us what you are interested in by completing the SailTrain Expression of Interest form. We will contact you to discuss your requirements further.



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