Training Officer’s Report – May, 2017

Wednesday 10th May, 2017
Stan Jackson

Peter Donaldson – who has run VHF radio courses for us in the past – has kindly offered to conduct another course for us on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

The official name for the VHF radio licence is known as the Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP), and can be conducted as a one day event.
It takes the form of a self-study course which requires the participants to do most of the preparation work themselves prior to the examination. This involves the participant:
• Purchasing the reference material
• Studying the handbook
• Doing the revision questions
The above can be achieved by visiting the Office of Maritime Communication (OMC) website at
From there, under the section headed Handbooks & Revision Questions (on the left of screen), you can:
1. Purchase the SROCP Handbook ($15.50 + $4.00 postage), or read it online
(Please note the Marine VHF Radio Operators Handbook (MVHB) is the one you want to purchase for the SROCP certification. You need to allow a minimum of 10 working days for delivery by surface mail. Books are dispatched Tuesday and Thursday or within 24 hours (working days) if Express Post has been paid)
2. Do the SROCP Revision Questions

On the day you will need to have some form of identification and pay the Application Fee ($83.00), which can be done by credit card details on the application form. Peter will take your photograph for your licence.

The morning will start at 09:00 when we will go through operating procedures. Then we will have lunch from 12:00 till 12:45; and after lunch we will do revision and the exam. The day will conclude at 15:00. For lunch, we will walk to the local pie shop – or you may prefer to bring your own.

As a service to Yachting Westernport clubs, Peter has kindly offered to take the day at no charge – thanks, Peter. We will be inviting members of other Yachting Westernport clubs to participate.

Please contact Stan Jackson at by Friday, June 9 if you are interested in this course.

I am still investigating a Safety Boat Course. I have learned that Westernport Yacht Club is a certified training centre for such a course; so I will be making contact with them about conducting one later in the year.

Please keep an eye on the website for more information about this proposed course.

I have arranged for Rick McKay, the San Remo Fire Brigade Training Officer, to do a fire information and response day on Sunday, October 8. The day will comprise an information/discussion session in the morning, followed by a practical response session in the afternoon.

Obviously, our response to a fire – or any other emergency situation – is of critical importance, and the more members we have knowledgeable about the required responses, the better. Therefore, all members are encouraged to attend this important event.

About 6 months ago we launched our new NYS website, and I’m pleased to say that it has been well received and is being well used. Non/prospective members are browsing our site for information about our club and its facilities, and are using the ‘inquiry’ function to seek further information. Members are utilising the site for a variety of reasons: the EVENTS button provides access to the calendar and details about specific events; NEWS provides information which includes reports about activities, important notices for members, reports from Committee members, and copies of past Magazines; and keel and dinghy racers are downloading information and entry forms from the BOATING section. The WEBCAM is proving to be very popular for members to check their boats and the conditions within the marina.
Unfortunately, the BUY & SELL facility has proven to be quite clumsy to operate; and is currently being made more user-friendly to post items. Members are encouraged to use this section of our website to sell boating items they may no longer want; or to purchase boating items they wish to acquire. Please contact me if you require further information about placing an advertisement in this section – or if you have any questions at all about our website.

We now have our Facebook page connected to our website (Newhaven Yacht Squadron Inc), and this will also provide information about what is happening around our club. As we want to advertise the great things that happen around our club and we want our Facebook page to be dynamic and interactive, we encourage members to contribute to it. If you take any photos/videos of your boating ‘adventures’, share them with us; if you’re looking for a crew or you’re seeking some information/help with a boating issue, let others know.
Our Facebook page offers you the opportunity to contribute in a positive way to your club. When you see an interesting post placed by someone else, please share it with your friends. This is an easy way for you to help us promote our club – especially to young people.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Annalisa Elliot and Kon Cili for starting our Facebook page. Last year’s Future Planning process indicated that we needed to get better with our communication. Annalisa’s and Kon’s instigation of our Facebook page – and the revision of our website – have certainly helped to do this. It is now up to you, the members, to utilise these services.

Happy and safe boating

Stan Jackson

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