Welcome to the Marine Society’s Communications@Sea course.
Whether for routine or emergency purposes, the ability to communicate effectively with coast stations and other vessels is vitally important for the safe operation of vessels of all sizes and whether they are on the high seas or in inland waters.
This course has been based on the requirements of MSQ 20 (Communicate using equipment and visual means), with additional content from the Short Range Certificate and General Operator’s Certificate syllabi to cover all Sea Areas.
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By the end of this course, you will have a detailed understanding of:
- The principles and components of the GMDSS system.
- The principles of radio communications.
- The carriage requirements of fixed and portable GMDSS equipment (including power supplies).
- The set-up, operation and maintenance of fixed and portable GMDSS equipment.
- How to send, receive and act upon distress messages (and other message types).
- The use of non-GMDSS equipment and methods of communication.