Which DSC is required for the IEC code

Topic: Our radio training program at a glance (UBI, SRC and LRC)

Home Theory courses in Mönchengladbach Training for all radio certificates

The distress and safety radio traffic is now handled exclusively in the so-called GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System). This means that recreational boats must also be equipped with GMDSS radios in order to be able to participate in marine radio traffic at all. Analogous to the old VHF radiotelephone certificates, the corresponding certificates of proficiency are required to operate the current GMDSS devices. We offer practical lessons (on the most modern Shipmate VHF radio systems with DSC controller) for the limited valid radio operating certificate (Short Range Certificate / SRC), for the VHF radio communication certificate for inland navigation (UBI) and for the general radio operating certificate (Long Range Certificate / LRC) ).

The modern one Global M.aritime D.istress and S.safety S.ystem (GMDSS) offers safety especially for the sport boat skipper and his crew! In an emergency, you can indicate your emergency situation at the push of a button, your GPS position and time are automatically transmitted in a DSC data telegram and all DSC radio systems are forcibly set to the emergency channel. A detailed report is then made on the radio. This indispensable safety technology will be mandatory for all seagoing vessels in the future - and for good reason also for pleasure craft. The safe use of the radio system gives you the opportunity to contact traffic control centers or radar pilots - for example if you are suddenly surprised by fog.

Our training philosophy
Regardless of whether you are traveling on inland waterways, on sea waterways in the coastal area or on the high seas - we want you and your crew to be safe and safe when you come back. It is therefore important to us that you can use the radio systems on board safely and naturally. In this way, you receive the important information for your area and can also request support and help or advice in unusual situations.

Water sports are a safe sport!
There are few accidents in sailing or motor boating, that's a good thing. Still are Safety equipment and safety standards important and necessaryso that it stays that way. If generally applicable safety standards are not adhered to, this can catch the eye. The Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) recently investigated a fatal accident on the Baltic Sea. The summary marine casualty investigation report found, among other things:
"... after the skipper went overboard, the crew triggered a PAN-PAN message to alert other vehicles in the area. The PAN-PAN alert level did not correspond to the international requirements. These go in person overboard - Has been assuming a MAYDAY situation for a long time. ... "
It also says elsewhere in the report:
"... the VHF system installed on the yacht had an emergency call function, with which" person overboard "could also be selected from the given options. This would mean that within the GMDSS on channel 70 for all vehicles in the area An alarm was triggered, which would have been linked to an individual MMSI number of the yacht and its position, and additional information on the emergency on channel 16
can be made. The emergency call function was not used during the accident. ... "
In another investigation report of a man overboard incident, which was unfortunately also fatal, the BSU found, among other things: "... the non-alarming by radio, ... is incomprehensible."Here the owner had an operational radio system on board, but did not have a radio certificate.

Practice creates masters
In addition to the necessary theoretical equipment, we therefore value practical equipment so that you can later work with the radio system as a matter of course. A radio system is an important part of the safety equipment on board - if you can handle it safely - that is our goal. We offer practical lessons. We offer practical lessons. With up to 12 ICOM VHF radio systems with DSC controller, as combined systems for marine and inland radio approved, we mediate sufficient practical training for maritime and inland radio. This means that we can also comply with the current hygiene rules by providing sufficient distances.

In the LRC course, we practice with you the handling of a number of possible scenarios that could make a long-distance connection necessary far from the coast.

Appearance is not important to us - it is you!
Obtaining the respective radio license is of course one of the main goals of our courses - it is even more important to us that you later work in practice with the on-board communication system, know the necessary background and are not shy, especially in emergencies and urgent cases, either advice and action or concrete To be able to request assistance in a targeted manner.

Don't buy a textbook!
A comprehensive script is already included in the course fees.

Which radio certificates are necessary?

For pure VHF radio systems, as are usually found on most charter yachts in the areas of the North Sea and Baltic Sea as well as in the Mediterranean, the Short Range Certificate = SRC is necessary and sufficient.

Important note on the subject of radio certificates:
Anyone who, as a skipper, does not have the appropriate radio certificate for his radio system on board or in the area, commits an administrative offense, which may be fined. This also applies abroad.

Special situation for Holland sailors:
In the Netherlands, the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer areas are officially assigned to inland navigation, i.e. a VHF radiotelephone certificate for inland radio (UBI) is required on these waters. Outside the Wadden Islands, on the open North Sea and along the North Sea coast, there are marine radio areas for which the SRC (Short Range Certificate) is required. I.e. an IJsselmeersegler who also wants to sail the North Sea needs 2 radio certificates: SRC (Short Range Certificate) and UBI (VHF radio communication certificate for inland radio).

International recognition of the German marine radio certificates:
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) only recognizes valid radiotelephony certificates from a state party to the STCW Agreement for use on ships flying the German flag if this state has been confirmed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that it is fully compliant with the STCW Agreement. The STCW95 Convention is a convention of the INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO), which aims to guarantee uniform safety standards internationally and which the Federal Republic of Germany has also committed to complying with without restriction. That is why the German marine radio certificates are recognized abroad worldwide.In accordance with the agreement of the 17 states of the Western European inland waterway network, the inland radio certificate is also fully recognized by them.

 

Examination requirements for the radio operating certificate with restricted validity (SRC)

The exam consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

1. Theoretical part of the exam.

  • A. Basic knowledge of the marine mobile service:
  • A 1. General basic knowledge of the mobile marine radio service (e.g. types of traffic in the area of ​​the mobile marine radio service, use of VHF and UHF frequencies, antennas, power supply, batteries)
  • A 2. Worldwide distress and safety radio system (GMDSS) (e.g. sea areas, NAVTEX, radio-technical rescue equipment, distress beacons)
  • A 3. public maritime radio service (e.g. importance of land tariffs and coastal tariffs, special service features)
  • A 4. Knowledge of the English language, spoken and written, for the proper exchange of information relating to the protection of human life at sea (e.g. recording and translation of emergency, urgency or safety messages).
2. Practical part of the exam
  • B. Practical knowledge and skills for operating a marine radio station
  • B 1. Practical knowledge and skills for operating a marine radio station (e.g. VHF radio systems, monitoring and operating VHF radio systems)
  • B 2. Digital selective call (DSC) (e.g. selection of the call format, distress alert) B3. NAVTEX (e.g. selection of the transmitter station)
C. Traffic handling
  • C 1. Emergency, urgency and safety traffic in the GMDSS in English (e.g. confirmation procedure, handling of emergency traffic, cancellation of a false alarm, radio traffic on site, reception of marine radio safety information by NAVTEX)
  • C 2. Emergency, urgency and security traffic with ships that only use radiotelephony in English (e.g. handling of emergency traffic)
  • D. Further knowledge of general telecommunications operating procedures
  • D 1. Practical knowledge of the maritime public / private service

 

DETAILS AND COURSE FEE FOR THE COURSE
"LIMITED VALID RADIO OPERATING CERTIFICATE (Short Range Certificate / SRC)"

Requirements:
Minimum age 16 years

Course duration:
5 course days on weekends, for exact course days see below (time changes reserved)

Next course start:
see below in the current course start date overview.

Theory course fee
(including extensive own teaching book with questionnaire, sample exercises and sample solutions excluding examination fee):
please refer Current dates, prices and dates below.


Combined course:

With the combined occupancy of SRC + LRC (whereby the SRC must always be completed first) we grant one reduced combined course fee: For details see Current dates, prices and dates below.


Teaching material:
included in the course fee!

Miscellaneous:

Examination fee is not included in the course fee, more information on request, on the information evening or in the course


Number of participants:

max. 16

Registration:
Online registration form
Registration form as a PDF file

DETAILS AND COURSE FEE FOR THE COURSE
"VHF radiotelephony certificate for inland radio (UBI)"

Requirements:
Minimum age 16 years

Course duration:
2 Saturdays, exact course days see below (time changes reserved)

Next course start:
see below in the current course start date overview.

Theory course fee
(including extensive own teaching book with questionnaire, sample exercises and sample solutions excluding examination fee):
see see Current dates, prices and dates below.


Combined course:

With the combined occupancy of SRC + UBI (whereby the SRC must always be completed first) we grant one reduced combined course fee: For details, see Current dates, prices and dates below.


Teaching material:
included in the course fee!

Miscellaneous:

Examination fee is not included in the course fee, more information on request, on the information evening or in the course


Number of participants:

max. 16

Registration:
Online registration form
Registration form as a PDF file

 

DETAILS AND COURSE FEE FOR THE COURSE
"GENERAL RADIO OPERATING CERTIFICATE (Long Range Certificate / LRC)"


Requirements:
Minimum age 16 years, possession of the SRC

Course duration:
1 x Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (introduction) plus 4 course days on the weekend (subject to change in time)

Next course start:

see below in the current course start date overview.

Theory course fee
(including extensive own teaching book with questionnaire, sample exercises and sample solutions excluding examination fee):
please refer Current dates, prices and datesbelow.


Combined course:

With the combined occupancy of LRC + UBI (whereby the SRC must always be completed first) we grant one reduced combined course fee: For details, see Current dates, prices and dates below.


Teaching material:
included in the course fee!

Miscellaneous:

Examination fee is not included in the course fee, more information on request, on the information evening or in the course
Miscellaneous: Owning your own PC is recommended, you can bring your own laptop to class
Number of participants: max. 16

Current dates for all of our radio courses: