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VHF Training Course

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Dear All

We have the opportunity of running a VHF radio course in the clubhouse with an RYA Instructor to enable those not holding a VHF operator's certificate to get one.

Before we can confirm it, we need to know the level of interest. The course will be run with a minimum of 2 people (& up to 6 people). The Instructor will set up 3 VHF radios in the clubhouse and give hands-on tuition with up to 2 people per radio. The radios will be set up so they can communicate with each other without broadcasting to the wider VHF network!! So you will get hands-on experience of using a radio.

Successfully passing this course will enable you to have a VHF operator's licence (any boat with a VHF radio needs to have a qualified operator on board). The course will also increase your confidence in using a VHF radio and you'll get to know VHF etiquette. A radio, whether fixed or handheld, is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

Key Facts:

This radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio (both with and without Digital Selective Calling - DSC) on board any British vessel fitted with radio equipment.

The course will cover:

· the basics of VHF radio operation and correct procedures under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

· the use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

· Navtex,

· Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs); and

· Search and Rescue Transponder (SART).

Course Costs:

The course fee we have negotiated is £50 per person plus £60 for the assessment and RYA certificate (£110 per person in total). This includes tuition, the use of VHF radios, an RYA VHF Handbook, a 1 hour assessment by a separate assessor (to demonstrate you have learned the necessary skills) and the cost of the RYA VHF Short Range Certificate. All done in the TWYC clubhouse. As a comparison, if you were to do the same course at Bisham Abbey Sailing School it would be £195. You have to be over 16 to get an operator's certificate.

The course will run in the clubhouse from 9.30am-5.00pm with your assessment on the following morning between 9.30am -11.30am. The two possible dates are:

· Saturday 7 Feb. - with the assessment on the 8 Feb.

· Saturday 21 Feb. - with the assessment on 22 Feb.

If you are interested in doing this, please let Terry Knibbs know which dates you can do (please select both if possible) by return if possible - If there are more than 6 people interested, we can run two courses on the two separate days.

When we know the level of interest, we'll confirm the date(s) of the course.

If you do sign up for the course, you will be sent the RYA VHF handbook in advance and you should ideally spend about 3 hours reading that before the course itself.

On the day of the course, you will need to bring a notebook, pen, the RYA handbook and your own lunch. There will be tea and coffee available in the clubhouse.

Kind regards


Vice Commodore

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