Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Radio Licensing Course

This note was just sent to members of SISKA and VCKC, and is quoted in full:

VHF Radio – Licensing Course
This course is a joint offering by the South Island Sea Kayaking Association (SISKA) and the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club (VCKC). You don’t need to have a radio to take this course.

Do you want to learn how to use a VHF radio when out paddling? If so, you should take this course. Not only is it very useful, it leads to getting your Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine) - aka ROC – which is a legal requirement if you use a radio on the water.

WHAT: A 3-evening course leading to the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime).
WHEN: The course will be held on Thursday evenings – March 3rd, 10th 17th, starting at 7.15pm.
WHERE: The VCKC Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
FOR WHOM?: Anyone who has a VHF radio but does not hold a licence. Anyone holding a pre-digital licence (i.e. no Digital selective Calling [DSC] endorsement on their licence). Anyone who does not have a radio but may want/need to use one in an emergency. Anyone who has a boat with a radio and wants to learn how to use it properly
BY WHOM?: The course will be taught by Greg Diemert and Phil Miles of the Canadian Power Squadron.
HOW MUCH? The cost of the course is $65. This includes the course manual, a CD of notes and test questions, the registration and the certificate itself.
REGISTRATION: It will help if you let me know ahead of the course that you are interested (Alan Thomson, 3135thom@islandnet.com or 250-592-4170), but you can register and pay on the first night of the course. Cash or cheques only.
The course consists of 2 nights of classes and one night for the exam. If you want to study the manual ahead of the course, you can get the manual from Greg Diemert at Ensign Chrysler, 1061 Yates Street. Pick up from Greg at Ensign Monday/Tuesday 8.30 to 3.30 pm: Wed 12:30 to 6:30: Thursday/Friday 8:30 to 3:30. Or phone 250 386 2411.
If you already have a Restricted Operator’s licence but without the Digital Selective Calling endorsement, it is recommended that you take the full course.
If you have the full licence already, but would like a refresher, it may be possible for you to sit in on the first two nights of the course – it will depend on student numbers. If there isn’t room on the course, an additional night (March 24th) has been reserved for a stand-alone refresher course.

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