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

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

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.

The fees for all courses are $115 for CPS Members, or $135 for non-members

Please register on-line using the following links:
Register On-Line (Oct. 5, 2019)
Register On-Line (Nov 9, 2019)
Register On-Line (Feb 8, 2020)
Register On-Line (Mar 7, 2020)
Register On-Line (Apr 18, 2020)
Register On-Line (May 9, 2020)
Register On-Line (Jun 6, 2020)

Course Format

The course is taught in one day, with a lecture covering Module 1, sections one to five below in the morning. Following a lunch break, there is a lecture on Module 2, covering the Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The official exam is given about 3 PM. The exam consists of a 60 question multiple choice exam. A separate 20 question exam covering Module 2 only is available for those who already have an ROC(M). The exam is marked as candidates finish the exam.

Upon successful completion of the exam, the student will be issued a Temporary Operating Certificate. CPS will later mail a permanent certificate to the student. (Industry Canada has delegated the authority to certify marine radio operators on voluntarily fitted vessels to CPS.)

To purchase the course manual for self-study, or to arrange for an individual exam, please contact Peter Bennett at 604-817-4165.

Course manuals can also be ordered from the CPS National office at 1-888-CPS-Boat (1-888-277-2628) (Please do not purchase course material from CPS if you are attending one of our classes, as the course material is included in the course fee.)

Course Outline

Module 1
  1. Maritime Mobile Service
    • Radiotelephone Operator's Restricted Certificate (Maritime)
    • Radio Station Licence
    • Authorities: Industry Canada, ITU, Coast Guard
    • Radio Station Requirements: records and monitoring
    • Required and Recommended Documents
    • Secrecy of Communications
    • International Distress, Safety and Calling Frequencies
    • Propogation and the Transmitter Power Switch
  2. Procedures
    • Use (and misuse) 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
    • Priorities
  3. Distress Communications
    • Priority
    • 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
  4. Urgency Communications
    • Priority
    • Frequencies to be Used
    • Urgency Signal
    • Urgency Message
    • Cancellation of Urgency
  5. Safety Communications
    • Priority
    • Safety Signal
    • Procedures
  6. 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
  7. Additional Information
    • Alarm Signals
      • Radiotelephone Alarm Signal
      • Navigational Warning Signal
      • Empergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
      • Emergency Position Indicating Buoy (EPIB)
    • General Electrical and Electronic Information
    • Alternative Radio Services

Module 2: Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  1. Traditional System
    • Regulations
    • Procedures
    • Shortcomings
  2. Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
    • System Overview
    • GMDSS Basic Concept
  3. GMDSS Regulations and Application
    • Equipment Requirements
    • Sea Areas
    • Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Number
  4. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radios
    • GMDSS Primary Component
    • Classes of DSC Radios
    • DSC Functions
    • DSC Procedures
  5. Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRBs)
    • EPIRBs
    • COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite System
  6. Other GMDSS Equipment
    • MF DSC Radios
    • Portable VHF Radios
    • NAVTEX Receivers
    • Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs)
  7. DSC Practical Exercises
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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