Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate (Maritime) ROC(M)
Anyone operating a fixed or portable
marine radio in a pleasure boat is required by law to have a Restricted Operator's Certificate
Note: Operating a VHF radio without an operator's certificate may result in a
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has delegated the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) the authority to issue the
As a Recognized Examiner I am qualified to teach
and examine this certificate. Users can obtain the Restricted Operator's Certificate (Maritime) by taking the
Maritime Radio home-study course. After studying the manual you will need to make an appointment with me to
write the exam. We have the new manuals in stock.
Guide for the Restricted Operator's Certificate (RIC-23) from Industry Canada is now obsolete. The new
manual has been re-written and includes an additional Section 2 which deals with Digital Selective Calling
(DSC). A DSC radio may be identified by a red DISTRESS button under a protective
To obtain the MMSI number to use the DSC
functions visit http://sd.ic.gc.ca/engdoc/mmsi_forms.jsp .
The new exam for the Radio Operator's Certificate (ROC-M) includes the DSC
The manual, 98 pages, comes with a CD that
includes a video of a simulated distress situation, a VHF simulator which allows you to familiarize yourself with
the operational concepts of a DSC radio, exercises to assist you in learning the phonetic alphabet, audio tracks of
various procedures and two practise exams which are similar to the final exam.
The course manual may be studied at your own pace and then you need to appear before
an examiner to complete the certification.
Provides the knowledge you need to operate your VHF radio
Teaches you the emergency procedures
Teaches the phonetic alphabet and proper operating phrases
the course, call
The manual, online guide and exam is $140 plus 5% GST. For a
second person sharing the manual, the fee is $90 plus GST which includes the exam and the card.
Shipping is typically $20
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A waterproof handheld VHF is a good
backup for your onboard radio and can be used in your dinghy or kayak. Standard Horizon has a
handheld (HX850S) which floats and includes a GPS. See HX850S There are now newer models available.
This is the radio I use. Because it has a
GPS, you are able to use all the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features. One of our students has purchased
this radio to use while she is employed as a kayak guide.
Spencer Marine is a local dealer
for Standard-Horizon in Sidney. They are located at 2240 Harbour Rd and the phone number