Marine Radio (SROCP) Metro SE

21 Jul 2018, 08:30 – 16:00

Guide Scout Water Activities Centre – GSWAC


Note Course Applications extended to 4 July.

Need to improve your communications on your next water activity?
Don’t just rely on your mobile phone. If you are on lakes or in the bay, Marine VHF radio can provide good communications between your watercraft.

If boating around the Victorian Coastline, Marine VHF can also provide direct communications to emergency services too.

Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) provides the recognised skills and knowledge to operate a VHF Marine Radio and other Marine Safety equipment. The course can only be completed by people over 16 years.

Venturers over 16, Rovers and Leaders may gain your SROCP with a weeks study and a days training and assessment.

Please note, assessment for this qualification is only available to people over 16 years of age. Assessment includes Practical and Theory (written) paper.

Commence your pre-course reading and practice questions on-line. See

Apply via Training Registration – Scout Victoria Course Code: 105732

Note Course Applications extended to 4 July.

How do I know if I have a Marine HF or VHF Radio?

If your boat or watercraft is equipped with a Marine MF, HF or VHF
(two-way) radio, you or one of your crew must hold the appropriate Certificate of Proficiency. Not sure?
If your marine radio has channel 16 (emergency channel) it is a VHF marine radio and this applies to you. Marine 27 MHz radios (channel 88 is your emergency channel) are exempt.




Course includes:

  • Radio operation, selecting correct channels for purpose.
  • Phonetic Alphabet, used for both general communications and in emergencies.
  • Use and operations of EPIRBs
  • Use and operations of SARTs
  • Use of VHF Marine Repeaters
  • Basic fault finding

Why would I need to worry about a certificate if I have a VHF Marine Radio?
Coming to a boat ramp or waterway near you…. Police, Transport Safety Victoria Officers or ACMA Radio Inspectors may ask if you have appropriate Certificates of Proficiency for marine radio transmitters carried on your boat during routine inspections These inspections may be carried out at any location.


With increasing popularity in recreational boating, sea kayaking, and other water activities. Carrying VHF Marine radio is important. This radio is also carried by Coast Guard, Water Police and most commercial ships too.

Updated weather reports are broadcast on on VHF Marine Radio.  In times of trouble, urgency or emergency, VHF marine radio provides access to Marine Safety Victoria, limited coast stations and an extensive VHF radio repeater networks providing coverage across popular coastal waters around Victoria and many parts of Australia.

Want to know more, contact Philip e: 

Apply via Training Registration – Scout Victoria Course Code: 105732

Note Course Applications extended to 4 July.

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