VHF Training

Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course – April 25&26, 2017

The VHF Radio Course, Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), also referred to as ROC(M), is a two-evening course that will be offered this year April 25 and 26, at Lakeland, beside the Hospital in Parry Sound, from 6:30 to 9:00.

This complete course with CD, includes work with Digital Selective Calling. This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and includes the DSC Endorsement exam which is given on the second evening.

To operate a maritime radio, you need this certificate. It is the law! This Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Cost: Members of Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron $80.00; non-members $90.00. To register, call John Mason 705-342-1315 – masonj@vianet.ca before April 20th.

Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

West Parry Sound Area, 2016 VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 3rd and 10th, 2016, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The complete package with CD covers VHF marine radio  and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

Cost: Active Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members $80. Non-members $90.

Note: Students must come ready to show that they have memorized the Phonetic Alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charley… It is available online. Here is a link to get you started.

State of the Sound – March 3, 2016. Not Quite Ready for Boating.

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Beware “The Man”

Aren’t you in awe of this ad from the Boater Exam people? I found it the other day when looking at the 2014 Ontario Fishing Regulations handbook.

Young, strong cop in shades who is a foot taller than the obviously guilty senior boater. It’s a good thing he just wrote him a ticket and didn’t punch him out. Check out the body language. Check out the gun on “the man’s” hip.

Wow – don’t take the course to learn anything, or become a safer and more courteous boater, take it to avoid being put in this type of situation. And with the recent reports of police abuses it becomes even more intimidating. At least they didn’t dress this ‘cop’ in a brown shirt.

Carrot or stick? The Boater Exam people seem to think the threat of the stick works much better. We don’t offer education, we offer protection. This is using Freudian intimidation in advertising at its best. Or is it at its worst?

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JB – Communications Officer

 

Marine VHF Radio Course – Enrollment Open

A two evening Marine VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12th and 19th, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHF marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course, ROC (M), teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.

VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12 and 19, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHR marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.

A Dawn Mist Rising Over Zhiishiib Rock Before the Big Freeze

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Training / Executive Officer’s April Update

On April 22, 12 boaters graduated from the Maritime Radio Course held at Lakeland. This is important for boaters since a certificate is needed when operating a VHF radio.

This is the time of year when boaters harass marina operators to get their boats into the water. Four or five calls per person is common. The local saying here is that the Sound is clear of ice within a week of April 21st. 2012 broke the belief with an early break up. Some boats were in the water on the first day of Spring. It looks as though 2014 will break it the other way.

So: Before planning on early season boating remember: The early bird gets the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese.

The early boater gets to boat alone. Silence and still water can be delightful but first boaters can be subject to the floating debris left after the ice is gone. This can range from planks and trees limbs to docks that have broken free.

The first mouse, the one who gets onto the bay before a strong wind has blown it clear of this debris, can have some dangerous experiences. Planks torn from docks, their four inch nails sticking up, can damage the smooth underwater hull of a boat. There is nothing like skimming along through an early Spring fog and having a tree, branches and all, loom out of the mist in front of you.

Then there is the ice. It doesn’t all melt overnight. An invisible skim of ice can do quite a number on a boat too. And if it does and your boat is sinking, who are you going to call who can possibly get to you any time soon? I do boat in the early season. My rules are simple. Carry the seven or eight items you must as demanded by law. Boat like you will never need to use them. Boat carefully, one hand for the boat – one for yourself, and make no mistakes. Or wait ’til things warm up some.

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VHF Course – April 15th & 22nd

A last reminder and information concerning The Maritime Radio Course, for VHF radios.  If you use a marine VHF radio you must have a license. The two evening course will be held on: April 15 and 22, 2014; 6:30 to 9:00; at Lakeland Long Term Care facility.  As you go up the hill use the first hospital parking on the right.  Your parking fee will be looked after.  The door to Lakeland is locked but there will be someone there to let you in. The fee for the course is $75 and includes the cost of the exam.

Interested in the course?

Call: John Mason 705-342-1315; masonj@vianet.ca
or, John Stothers 705-349-1345; Stothers@vianet.ca

We need to know as soon as possible, preferably April 7th to order the necessary course materials and provide you with the phonetic alphabet, knowledge of which is necessary to successfully pass the final examination.

ROC(M) / VHF Radio Course, April 15th and 22nd

This is a two night course being offered by the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron. Successful completion of the course will provide you with your Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including the DSC qualification for the operation of a marine VHF radio.

Note that the course is a month earlier this year than last and will be held April 15th and 22nd in the evening at the Lakeland Long Term Health Care facility, 6 Albert Street in Parry Sound. This two evening course is scheduled  for May 22nd and 29th.

This course includes instruction and the course materials (complete package with CD), and covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC).  This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) exam. The exam is administered on the second evening. Successful completion provides you with a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including DSC.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate.  It is the law, and necessary if you operate a radio as part of a commercial operation. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason or John Stothers at least a week in advance so course materials can be ordered.

John Mason: 705.342.1315 / masonj@vianet.ca

John Stothers: 705.389.1345 / Stothers@vianet.ca

Cost: $75.00

That’s Not Open Water – Just Shadows (March 2013)

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But at least the ice fishing shacks are gone. A hopeful sign.

VHF Course (Restricted Operator Certificate Maritime, ROC-M)

This two evening course is scheduled  for May 22nd and 29th.

This course includes instruction and the course materials (complete package with CD), and covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC).  This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) exam. The exam is administered on the last second day. Successful completion provides you with a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including DSC.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate.  It is the law!  The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason at least a week in advance so course materials can be ordered.

705.342.1315 OR masonj@vianet.ca

Cost: $75.00

Marine VHF Course Update – Revised Dates

Please note the revised dates for the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s offering of the CPS Marine Radio Course. The course will be given the evenings of April 23rd and 30th. On successful completion of the course you will be licensed to operate a marine VHF radio.

The cost of the course is $75 for the public and $60 for Parry Sound Squadron members. Get your membership renewal in now to qualify for the member discount.

If you are planning on being on the big water anywhere in the Great Lakes it’s a good idea to have a VHF radio, and a license to use it. You need a Marine Radio License to use a VHF radio, even if you are using a hand held radio on a kayak.

Successful completion of the course will not only provide you with the information to effectively use your VHF radio, it will provide you with the license to use it.

For boaters in an emergency, a VHF radio can be more valuable than a cell phone. While *16 can reach the Coast Guard, there are parts of Georgian Bay where one cannot get a cell phone signal. More importantly, when you make an emergency call on channel 16 on a VHF radio, boaters close to you can hear and respond immediately. Help from the Canadian Coast Guard or a local township fire department can take much longer to reach you and generally cannot provide immediate help.

The course will consist of two sessions on  April 23rd and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Attendance at both sessions is necessary to receive your VHF license.

Book now to ensure a seat. To register and for more information call John Mason at 705-342-1315.

Here is a little more information about this Canadian Power and Sail Squadron  course:

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law! The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques.

You will learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive your ROC(M) – a Canadian Federal government issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio.