Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Price: 1,340.00 / $1,862.60


Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
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About This Course:

The course is AMERC (MCA) approved.


Theory and Practical training course required for all operators wishing to use the radio system. It is a mandatory requirement for the issue of an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (GOC)

Entry requirements

Candidates are not expected to have any prior knowledge of radio systems. A general understanding of Geography and measurement of Latitude/Longitude scales can help but is not essential.


To able to use the GMDSS radio system on board a vessel for routine or priority use.


The course is examined on the last 2 days of the course. The exam consists of a theory paper and two practical elements.

Course content

Duration of course

is 10 days, (typically Monday to Friday over two weeks)

Within the course the following practical and theoretical areas are dealt with;

" Use of VHF, MF, HF R/T & DSC
" Use of Satellite equipment
" Use of EPIRB & SART
" Use of NAVTEX
" How to send and receive calls and messages.

Course delivery

Using GMDSS Transas simulation, each candidate has their own virtual radio station. Interactive activities, and supported by Mycity VLE.

Student Testimonial

"Very pleased with the course. I think I have learned a lot and have improved my understanding of GMDSS equipment and radio communication procedures. Good balance between theory work and practical part of the course." Jonathon Watts, Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems

"Approachable, positive teaching style. Done everything possible to make the class interesting. Much appreciated!!" Lorna Broadfoot, Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems

Candidates are asked to bring proof of identity at the start of the course and for the exam.

Please contact Ocean Training for a list of course dates

The cost includes the exam fee of £160

* This course runs at the City of Glasgow College in Scotland
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