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Course Syllabus.
The course syllabus is based upon the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) regulations and also the GMDSS and SOLAS conventions. It also covers the requirements for the Master 200 Tons/Mate 500 Tons. All the subjects are covered in-depth. The maximum class size is 7 persons.

Basic Radio Theory & Set-ups:
Science of radio waves.
Radio wave propagation.
Radio frequency and bands.
Simplex, Semi-duplex & Full-duplex ops.
Transmission and receiving distances.
Channel types, categories & usages.
DSC -history & development.
DSC -VHF,MF,HF & Inmarsat set-up.
GMDSS sea areas.

Radio Com Equipment:
Types of aerials, VHF & SSB.
Types of handsets.
Basic equipment set-ups.

The VHF/DSC Marine Radio:
Basic installation principles.
Tx ranges.
Principal controls.
VHF Channels & frequencies.
Channel 16.
Primary international channels.
Dual-watch, Tri-watch & scanning.
DSC alert & messaging.
VHF operating procedures.
Meteo considerations.
Daily set-up and testing.
Basic fault finding.

The SSB MF/HF/DSC Marine Radio:
Basic installation principles.
Ground waves and sky waves propagation.
Channel 2.182 Khz.
Primary channels.
Frequency bands & distances.
Principal Tx controls.
Principal Rx controls.
Dual-watch, Tri-watch & scanning.
DSC alert & messaging.
MF operating procedures.
Atmospheric & meteo considerations.
Daily set-up and testing.
Basic fault finding.

Radio Procedures & Regulations:
Vessel licences VHF, SSB & GMDSS.
ITU and regional channel lists.
Types of radio stations.
ITU Regulations of operations.
Procedure words.
Phonetic alphabet.
Com procedures -ship to ship.
Com procedures -ship to coast station.
Traffic lists.
GMDSS Radio log.
Vessel ID.

Distress & Urgency Operations:
Distress Mayday -history & background.
Distress Mayday -definitions.
Distress Mayday -alert & message content.
Distress Mayday -Tx procedures.
Distress Mayday -response procedures.
Distress Mayday -relay procedures.
The obligations to help a distress vessel.
Urgency Pan Pan -definitions.
Urgency Pan Pan -type of messages.
Urgency Pan Pan -response procedures.

Pan Medico & Securite Operations:
Pan Medico -alert & messaging.
Securite -definitions.
Securite -message content.
Securite -Tx procedures.

SAR & Safety Net:
Calling procedures.
SAR operational areas.
Safety net areas.

NBDP principles.
Equipment types and installations.
Navtext stations & frequencies.
Message categories.
Set-up & operating procedures.

Satellite & Inmarsat:
Inmarsat -set-up.
Inmarsat -B, C, mini C.
Inmarsat -fleet.

EPIRBS -history & development.
EPIRBS -types & registration of.
EPIRBS -operating procedures & HRU's.
EPIRBS -testing and accidental activitation.
SARTS -types & registration of.
EPIRBS -operating procedures.
EPIRBS -testing and accidental activitation.

BA Vol 1 Maritime radio stations.
BA Vol 3 MSIs services.
International code of signals.

GMDSS Marine Communications
ITU VHF/SRC DSC Certification.

Recognized by MCA and worldwide (ITU).


Price: 235,- € + 30,- € exam fees.

Course length: 2 days (+0,5 day for exam)..
Total lecture/teaching time: 16 hours approx.

This intense and comprehensive course focuses upon the GMDSS set-up giving almost a complete background knowledge of the system and its procedures. The course also covers the different types of GMDSS equipment used.

Incorporated within the course, is the ITU VHF/SRC DSC certification.

The subjects are covered in-depth and the operating procedures are shown with scenarios and responses to, focusing upon SOLAS requirements.

The reason for the development of this GMDSS foundation course has been to strengthen the prior-learning knowledge for professional crew before they do the GMDSS GOC. For many students, it is daunting to jump from a simple radio VHF course to a full GMDSS course. It is not easy to remember all the procedures, channels and frequencies for the GMDSS courses and examinations.

The real objective of the course is to give you enough knowledge about the GMDSS communications equipment and the procedures to be able to effectively use the radio VHF in sea area A1 and to be able to use the other GMDSS equipment in sea areas A2 (under the supervision of a qualified GMDSS operator).

Exams/Completion Requirements:
GMDSS Sea-Area A1 Radio Examination Theory.

Entry Requirements:
Your Questions?

Is this certification recognised internationally?
Yes it is, under the provisions of the ITU regulations for a short range certificate (SRC).

Can anybody do this course?
Yes, there are no entry restrictions.

Who is this course suitable for?
The course has been specially designed for professional yacht crew, who may go on later to do the GMDSS GOC course. However, the course is also open to any other crew.

Why do we have to study the GMDSS system for the SRC certification?
As professional crew, just doing a basic radio VHF course by itself really is not very relevant for your working needs. VHF radio has been fully incorporated into GMDSS system and therefore it is important to understand how the different communications equipment works and interact.
The procedures, many of which come under SOLAS, are just as important as the equipment itself.

Is there a practical radio course?
Yes, upon request. It is one extra day for a small additional cost. During the day, you will be allowed to practice using all the communications equipment that is found on a bridge of a superyacht.

Can I just take the GMDSS SRC/VHF DSC examination without doing the course?
No it is not possible nor would it be advisable. The GMDSS system is complex to understand and the different procedures are extensive; therefore you do really need to do the course as well as some light studies.

My English level is not that good?
Under the IMO, it says that you must have a good working knowledge of maritime English. We will help you as much as we can.

Contact us at training@harrisonmaritime.com or telephone France +33 (0)489 020 984.
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