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Maritime Radio Operator Course
(Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate(Maritime))
Vancouver Power Squadron
Vancouver Squadron
Radio Manual

To ensure that you will receive the course materials before the class, you should register at least two weeks before the class. Registration will not be accepted on the day of the class.

We reserve the right to cancel the class if sufficient numbers are not achieved.

The fees for all courses are $135 for CPS Members, or $150 for non-members
There is also a "no book" option for a second student sharing course material: members $112.50, non-members $125

Our one-day courses run from 9 AM to 4 PM, including a lunch break. The exam is included at the end of the class.

The classes will be held at St. James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver.

Saturday, Feb 10, 2024
Please see the CPS-ECP Course Calendar to register

Saturday, Apr 13, 2024
Please see the CPS-ECP Course Calendar to register

Saturday, May 25, 2024
Please see the CPS-ECP Course Calendar to register

CPS also offers this course in an on-line self-study format - see the CPS Course Calendar to register for that program.

Course Format

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form "automatic" radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Course Outline

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
Online Study Guide
Section 1 - Maritime Mobile Service
Section 2 - Procedures
Section 3 - GMDSS
Section 4 - Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radios
Section 5 - Routine Communications
Section 6 - Distress Communications
Section 7 - Urgency Communications
Section 8 - Safety Communications
Section 9 - Other GMDSS Equipment
Section 10 - Additional Information
Appendix 1 - RBR-2: Schedule 1
Appendix 2 - Contraventions Act and Regulations
Appendix 3 - MF/HF and Single Sideband
Appendix 4 - Propagation and Antennas
Appendix 5 - Automatic Identifcation System (AIS)
Appendix 6 - Trip Plan Form & Phonetic Alphabet
Courses offered by CPS

Boating 1: Boating Basics (Pleasurecraft Operator's Card)
Boating 2: Beyond Boating Basics
Boating 3: Introduction to Marine Navigation
Maritime Radio Operator Course

Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1(previously called Seamanship)
Boating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation, level 2 (previously called Advanced Pilot)
Boating 6 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 1 (previously called Junior Navigator)
Boating 7 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 2 (previously called Global Navigation)

Boat and Engine Maintenance
Marine Electrical Systems
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters
Extended Cruising
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