MRROC Course


Tauranga Coastguard HQ, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm 
(Attendance both nights is required)

24th and 25th July 2024
(Please note that numbers are limited to 25 people)

COST: $90pp

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To obtain a working knowledge in the use of a marine VHF and Single Side Band (SSB) radio. 


Two and a half  hours of in class learning, followed by a 40 minute exam.

About the course

 Under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, it is a legal requirement that anyone wishing to operate a marine VHF radio holds an appropriate operator’s certificate.  Communication when out on the water is vital, as you will have no doubt seen over recent months.  Lack of communications can have disastrous consequences.  Correct use and knowledge of marine radios can be a lifesaver.

Our course is run by our own Approved Radio Examiners (ARX) in line with the requirements set out by New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management (RSM)  (  This course covers the following:

  • The general features and functions of a marine VHF and SSB radio, 
  • Procedures and operating techniques for routine calling, correct distress and urgency and safety procedures.
  • Pro-words and the phonetic alphabet
  • Trip reports 
  • Weather services
  • Callsigns
  • EPIRBS and other search and rescue equipment

Note: This course does not have unit standards attached.  For your educational purposes please contact Coastguard Boating Education should you wish to gain unit standards as part of your education and complete the Maritime VHF Certificate.