VHF Marine Radio

Did you know that it is illegal to operate a marine VHF radio without a license?

OBJECTIVE: To learn how to communicate and handle emergency situations on a VHF marine radio.  This short course will cover all aspects of radio operation including the new Digital Selective Calling (DSC) function.



A) Home Study – Materials are mailed out to you.  You study at your own pace.  When you are ready contact Sail Nelson to book a time/date to write your exam.

B) Challenge – You are looking just to write the exam.  No course materials will be sent to you. Simply contact Sail Nelson to book a time/date to write your exam.

FEES:  $125.00 (Home Study)  $85.00 (Challenge)

CERTIFICATIONS AWARDED: Once you have successfully completed the VHF Marine Radio exam, you will be awarded your VHF Marine Radio License with DSC. There is no expiry date for this license.

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VHF Home Study


VHF Challenge



*** VHF Review & Exam Evening ***

Sail Nelson will host a VHF Radio review and exam evening on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Nelson Visitor Centre boardroom in Railtown. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. If you purchased your materials through Sail Nelson, your fees are covered. However, if you purchased your materials elsewhere there will be a $50 examanimation fee.

Download the phonetic alphabet.

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