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ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC


Operators of ship radio stations in Australia must possess a certificate of proficiency.

For commercial RYA Yachtmasters and AMSA Masters and Coxwains this qualification is mandatory. 

Recreational sailors and power boat operators are also strongly recommended to hold a marine radio operator's certificate. 

The marine radio provides an essential link both to global safety services and to other seafarers. It may one day save your life!

The syllabus

  • Radio wave propagation
  • Use of the radio in distress or urgent situations
  • Global search and rescue systems – GMDSS
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) for VHF and HF radios
  • Radio protocol during search and rescue
  • Satellite communications from your boat
  • Battery maintenance and vessel electrics
  • How emergency position indicating beacons work


Our Instructors 

The radio course is delivered by ACMA qualified and experienced instructors in our comfortable waterside classroom.  

Study at home?

If you prefer to study at home and just want an invigilated exam at Flying Fish, we can arrange this for $195.

Please contact us via the menu above to book a time.

  • Mar
    21 Mar
    1 day
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $350.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list
  • May
    22 May
    1 day
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $350.00 incl. GST
  • Oct
    16 Oct
    1 day
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $350.00 incl. GST

What's included

Training, exam fee and certification.

  • ACMA Marine Radio Operator Certificate (HF / VHF)

Meets World Sailing SR 3.25 for racing yachts and is approved by the CYCA 

Before you start

No previous experience is necessary. When you book we will send you some pre-course reading. 

it is very helpful to learn the Phonetic Alphabet beforehand.

What next?

Go on to train for satellite or GMDSS endorsements.

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