VHF Marine - Restricted Operator's Certificate (MARITIME) - ROC(M)

.VHF - Marine  ROC(M) with DSC Endorsement - Maritime Radio Is a must for boaters who want to operate a radio.  In Canada anyone who uses a VHF radio is required by law to be certified in order to use a VHF or other marine radio transmitter. VHF Operators must follow the procedures described in the VHF Radiotelephone Practices and Procedures Regulations. Currently, all Marine VHF radio operators are required to have a Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC) with maritime qualifications issued by an accredited agency under the authority of Industry Canada - Spectrum Management, a department of the Government of Canada.

The VHF radio is your lifeline in an emergency or distress situation and certain protocol must be followed.

In order to obtain a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) one must successfully complete a VHF - Restricted Operator's Certificate Maritime ROC(M) course including the new Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Endorsement with the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) System. Our CPS/Industry Canada Recognized instructor/Examiner will provide instruction. Successful completion of this course certifies you for VHF Maritime, MF and SSB Radio.

The DVD that accompanies this course includes a simulator allowing practice using DSC on your home PC or computer as well as practice questions for each chapter and practice exams.  It can be played in a CD player to learn the protocol for the Verbal Radio portion and assists with preparation for the exam.

Course Venue
Seba Beach Lake Wabamun - Edmonton Yacht Club

Next Course at Sindbad School of Sailing

By appointment only

Please call 780-953-5174

Course Fee with instruction: 


Includes Workbook, CD, Instruction, Exam, Card & Temporary Certificate until Card Is Received from Industry Canada.

There will be a multiple choice written and a verbal exam.  A grade of 70% is required to pass this course.

ROC(M) Upgrade - DSC Endorsement Only
For those who have already obtained their ROC(M) and wish to upgrade their endorsement which includes the new GMDSS DSC standards.  The course fee for upgrades only is $75.00 and includes the Workbook & DVD, Exam and Card.  You are only required to attend for Module 2 and the Review & Exam.  You will only be required to write a 25 question exam on Module 2. However we invite you to attend the entire course as a review of previously learned materials. Please provide your original certificate at the time of registration.

Register Early so class sizes can be determined

Once you have registered your course workbook & dvd will be provided upon arrival at the course venue unless you have made arrangements to pick up prior to course start date or have this sent to you in advance.

If you are interested in this certification, please call Paul Kantor @780-953-5174

Course Details


Maritime Mobile Service
Use of Marine Radio
Radio Operation, Word Spelling            (Phonetic Alphabet), etc.
Procedural Words and Phrases
Calling Procedure
Simplex and Duplex Operation
Choice of Frequencies
Control of Communication
Distress Communications
Frequencies to be used
Distress Signal
Distress Call
Distress Message - examples
Acknowledging and Relaying a Distress Message
Control of Distress Traffic
Imposition of Silence
Cancellation of Distress
Urgency Communications
Frequencies to be Used
Urgency Signal
Urgency Message
Cancellation of Urgency
Safety Communications
Safety Signal
Distress Simulations
Distress Call and Message
Acknowledgement of Mayday by CG Radio
Distress Relay
Acknowledgement/Assist by other station
Distress Traffic
Impose Silence by Controlling Station
Impose Silence by Another Station
Distress Traffic on Scene
Cancellation of Distress by Controlling Station
Homework Study
Distress Call and Message from a Ship
Acknowledgement by Another Ship
Distress Traffic
Imposition of Silence

  Cancellation of Distress
  Distress Call and Message
  Relay by Another Vessel
  Additional Information
  Alarm Signals
  Radiotelephone Alarm Signal
  Navigational Warning Signal
  Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon   (EPIRB)
  Emergency Position Indicating Buoy (EPIB)
  General Electronic Information
  Alternative Radio Services


Module 2: Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  Traditional System
  Global Marine Distress and Safety  System (GMDSS)
  System Overview
  GMDSS Basic Concept
  GMDSS Regulations and Application
  Equipment Requirements
  Sea Areas
  Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Number
  Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radios
  GMDSS Primary Component
  Classes of DSC Radios
  DSC Functions
  DSC Procedures
  Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRBs)
  COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite System
  Other GMDSS Equipment
  MF DSC Radios
  Portable VHF Radios
  NAVTEX Receivers
  Search and Rescue Transponders  (SARTs)
  DSC Practical Exercises

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