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Old 08 February 2010, 14:50   #1
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VHF Course in Plymouth

Anyone know of a decent place in or around Plymouth to do a VHF course? Are they worth doing?

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Plymouth Powerboat school - Will definately recommend.
http://www.powerboatschool.com/

Worth doing if you are using a VHF, just so you know how to use it properly.
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I agree. I've had a radio for ages but was told on my RYA PB L2 that doing the vhf course was 'worthless'. I want to do it just so I can accually use it properly and more importantly, legally.
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Plymouth Powerboat school - Will definately recommend.
http://www.powerboatschool.com/

Worth doing if you are using a VHF, just so you know how to use it properly.
Same. I've done some work with Plymouth Powerboat School, and they are definitely worth talking to. Bear in mind that all the staff are instructors/skippers/delivery drivers, so don't be miffed if your e-mails aren't responded to within ten minutes - once you get chatting with them you'll find them most accomodating.

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I agree. I've had a radio for ages but was told on my RYA PB L2 that doing the vhf course was 'worthless'. I want to do it just so I can accually use it properly and more importantly, legally.
I think it depends on how it's taught. I wouldn't say it's worthless, as the basic content can help you avoid making mistakes and ruffling anyones feathers (on the wrong channel for example), and the distress urgency and safety content can help to keep you calm and smooth the way should you ever find yourself in trouble.
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Did my Commercial Yachtmaster Offshore with them - great bunch and very knowledgeable, Ignore the person who told you the course was a waste of time and do it! There is also a place in Salcombe if that's better for you?
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I live in Plymouth so the PPS would be better. Just a quick question, how long does the license last?

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I live in Plymouth so the PPS would be better. Just a quick question, how long does the license last?

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The VHF SRC has no expiry as such - but you may need to update or renew if anything major changes - for example the short range certificate was introduced along with DSC, prior to this people obtained a ROC (restricted operators certificate).
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