This is a dedicated training course for Cumbria Canoeists set up with Glenridding Sailing & Activity Centre as a repeat of the events over the last two years where over 30 Cumbrian paddlers gained their VHF operating licences.
The maximum number of participants is 20, and for 16 or more we get the £60 course and exam fee, otherwise it will be marginally more expensive. The licence fee to get your certificate is a further £60 fixed fee to the Royal Yachting Association (Who are the Marine VHF Licensing body in the UK). The licence is for life! Cumbria Canoeists are subsidising the course by £30 to Cumbrian Paddlers.
VHF can be used to prevent distress situations from developing by allowing vessels to warn each other of potential hazards, or by receiving safety information such as navigational warnings and weather forecasts.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
Course topics include:
• the basics of radio operation
• the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
• distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
• making ship to shore telephone calls
• Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
• Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
• Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
• Search and Rescue (SART)
The course is very interactive and you will be taught and examined using radio simulators to get real hands on experience. The exam will also include a short written test.
You will get a pre-pack including a detailed VHF ebook, and some pre-course work e.g. learning the phonetic alphabet and having a good understanding of the Mayday procedures. You can find the full syllabus here.
This series of workshops is suitable for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience, probably at or around the 3* level, who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. It will be particularly valuable for those aiming to achieve their Sea Leader award. Maximum 12 participants.
This series of workshops is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £120 or £90 for Cumbrian Paddlers (including licence fee) payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.