Redland Bay Coast Guard to offer VHF radio course for recreational boaties

RECREATIONAL boaties can learn how to operate a VHF radio with a course offered by the Redland Bay Coast Guard.

ON THE WATER: The Redland Bay Coast Guard are offering VHF radio courses for recreational boaties.

ON THE WATER: The Redland Bay Coast Guard are offering VHF radio courses for recreational boaties.

The three-hour course will see boaties obtain a Australian Waters Qualification, licensing them to legally operate a VHF radio in local waters.

Former radio officer John Josefski said it was mandatory for anyone using a VHF radio to hold the license.

"The AWQ also enables the operator to apply for an MMSI," he said. "This is a Maritime Mobile Service Indicator which, when entered into the radio, activates the Digital Selective Calling function.

"This function would alert authorities that there is an emergency situation."

VHF radios allow boaties to communicate with other ships and marine rescue groups.

The course costs $70 and will be held on Saturday, March 14 at the Redland Bay Coast Guard base at Meissner Street, Redland Bay.

For more information and to register contact John Josefski on 0400 075 429 or email qf7.radio@coastguard.com.au.

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