Marine Radio Basics

Marine Radio Basics Photo - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

A Very High Frequency (VHF) marine radio is an essential piece of equipment for every boater for safety and navigation. Knowing how to use it correctly can be confusing, but it won't be after taking this class! In this course, you will learn how to operate your VHF radio with confidence. 

Even in the cell phone era, your VHF radio should be your go-to device in an emergency for monitoring your surroundings and for communicating with other boats. We will cover all the basics so you will be ale to use your radio knowledgeably and effectively. Learn which channels to use in various situations. Explore how to make and receive routine and emergency radio calls, following proper radio protocol and etiquette. 

Gain the knowledge you need to use your VHF radio in any situation and with confidence.

Learning Outcomes

In this class you will learn: 

  • which channels to use in different situations
  • how to make and receive routine and emergency radio calls
  • how to make your transmissions clear and understandable
  • how to follow proper radio protocol and etiquette
  • proper use of EPIRB and SARTs for marine rescue

Who Should Take This Class?

  • Recreational boaters 
  • Anyone interested in learning proper routine and emergencey use of a marine radio


Class Details

Boating classes will be in-person at the beautiful Seattle Maritime Academy located at: 4455 Shilshole Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107.

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, everyone who comes to an in-person class (Capitol Hill, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Maritime Academy and Georgetown) will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire each day that you visit. Please take time to review the COVID Procedures:


Winter 2022

  • 1 Thursdays ; Jan 20 to Jan 20 ; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA; Room SC -SMA General Class -SMA0111
  • Fee : $60
  • Class ID : 38866 ; SKU : 33021