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Old 07 May 2014, 18:08   #31
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yes - you still need to do the final examination at RYA teaching centre after the online course - 60

this need not be the centre you bought the course from

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You still need to spend 60 quid on exam then.

A lot of the guys - especially the older one's that I know recoil in fear at the prospect of having to do an 'EXAM'.
Half hour 'one on one's'.

'No chance' is what my old boy said!


This puts a lot of people off right away.
For them it reminds them of being a child at school.

My old boy has a 5 watt handheld on his boat.

He has only transmitted several times on it where there was no mobile phone signal to ask my uncle on a private channel how his fishing was going lol.

He listens to Ch16 and the met office weather.

For most this usage will suffice and they don't see that doing a course is worth the
hassle.

Most guys I know only go a few miles from shore a dozen or so times a year.
They see this a relatively low risk.
Therefore they skip the bureaucracy and red tape and just carry a mobile telephone and VHF should the shit hit the fan.
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The new format course 2014 - we will only take 4 students at time, (unless 2 day) each will have a training radio each for the day.( unless 2 day)

We will spend a lot of time now practicing and using the radios - we can do this since we ask each student to do 3 hrs homework before course so when then arrive they have a good knowledge.

The examination process we try to make the students as relax as possible and the fact they have been prepared they are usually quite confident to sit the exam, if student or us think they need more tuition we will postpone the exam and provide addition instruction on another day free of charge.

The course is a good safety course - covers PLBs , EPIRB's , AIS - we cover CG66 registration as well.

Plenty of Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Biscuits, Crisps and even Fruit or Cake! - plus we provide lunch as part of course makes it a very relax atmosphere.

We have now implemented - that any student can sit in another course for price of Lunch - once a year - subject to availability.


Yes - examinations can be scary , but we try our best to reduce the stress and having a good examiner helps too ...

Sorry for sales pitch - but I know you too far away! I am quite sure other centres can provide same level of service.



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And don't need a Certificate of Competence to operate radio in an Emergency, but it sure does help to know what you are doing !

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I notice that those advocating no licence don't appear to consider that they might have to know how to use their VHF to help another vessel in distress...
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I notice that those advocating no licence don't appear to consider that they might have to know how to use their VHF to help another vessel in distress...

The new course has increased focus on Mayday - Relay and is part of practical exam too...

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I notice that those advocating no licence don't appear to consider that they might have to know how to use their VHF to help another vessel in distress...
Dont know who said that??

The guys in question that I have made reference to in this thread may not have done their VHF course but are well read in VHF procedures.

They hear transmissions when they are at sea so are familiar with basic procedures.

They and more than competent enough to relay a message for another vessel and convey via radio what needs to be said.
Heard it done several times by friends of mine.
Couldn't have much better of a job myself.
It ain't rocket science!

This course makes a big deal about what essentialy is a basic human skill -communicating through speech.

As said before we don't need a qualification to operate a telephone.
The VHF course exists to cut down the babble that gets transmitted accross the airways freeing it up for the important stuff.

I think an online cheaper exam /qualification / registration with less bureaucracy is the way to go.

More people who fit into the category I have described earlier would be willing to qualify and register.

Remember this is an inflatable boat thread - not a commercial shipping thread.

Can't see many other Sibbers, canoers, kayakers etc wanting to spend 100 plus quid for Ofcom registration for a small hand held VHF with limited range eithers.
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Are you reading the thread or just ranting? You don't have to pay 100 for Ofcom registration. Ofcom registration of a VHF is free.
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