VHF Radio Licence Course
October 26th, 2019
@ Sandringham Yatch Club, Olympic Room

Did you know it is a legal requirement that operators of VHF marine radios need to be qualified? In order to use your AIS installed system you are required to have a VHF licence.
Therefore, R Marine Jacksons is putting on a VHF Marine Radio Licence Certificate Course on for you.

About the course:   
Saturday, 26th October 2019
9am till 12noon
at Sandringham Yacht Club, Olympic Room
$199 per person* 

Approximately 3 hours with 2 hours presentation followed by a 25 question multiple choice THEORY test and a “HANDS ON”  practical test using an actual VHF Radios

The New AWQ VHF Marine Radio Licence Certificate Course is a streamlined hands on course designed for recreational boaters in Australian Territorial Waters and will be run by Peninsula Boat Training.

Why do I need a qualification at all?
A marine radio can save lives, so it’s important that:

  • you know the correct channels to use, and how and when to use them

  • you know distress and safety procedures, including how to access search and rescue facilities

  • you know how to respond to an emergency call

  • your messages are understood and others know how to respond

  • you know what DSC is and the benefits of connecting a GPS to your radio

  • you know when and how to operate an EPIRB in a distress situation

  • In an emergency, knowledge of distress and safety procedures helps everyone involved in the rescue.

  • Your Licence will allow you to access DSC - the red button - and AIS by allowing you to apply for a MMSI number

  • Marine radio communications can also provide a variety of services to small vessels, including weather and navigational information.

  • So, the more you know about how to operate a marine radio, the more benefit you’ll get from yours.

What to bring :
Drivers licence and Medicare care
Your USI Unique Student Identity (www.usi.gov.au)

* including morning tea and coffee and your certificate

Click here to register to the event

Lake Eildon Boating & Fishing Show
October 11-13, 2019
@ Lake Eildon

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Melbourne Boat Show 2020 (60th Anniversary Show)
June 11-14, 2020
@ Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Fish for Marlin in NSW South Coast

If you’re heading away to the NSW South Coast this Easter, there are still plenty of marlin around.

For more information on Bar Crusher boats and to see what awesome boats they've got visit: https://www.barcrusher.com.au/

Visit Portland & Go Bluefin Tuna Fishing

Four recreational tuna fishermen proudly hold their freshly-caught southern bluefin tuna on a charter boat in Portland.   ABC South West Victoria: Emily Bissland.

Four recreational tuna fishermen proudly hold their freshly-caught southern bluefin tuna on a charter boat in Portland.

ABC South West Victoria: Emily Bissland.

As one of Victoria’s fishing hot spots, the fertile seas and rivers in Portland and along the Discovery Coast offer a wealth of opportunities for keen fishers.

The Fitzroy, Surry and Glenelg Rivers along with Yambuk and Bridgewater Lakes, are popular destinations for local fishermen, whilst those with a boat can relax in a safe harbour, which also boast protection from westerly weather during summer.

The harbour is buoyed by one of the busiest boat ramps in Victoria.

Click here for more Portland info.

Guided Punting Boat Tours in the Royal Botanic Gardens

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Let us take you on a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Settle back in an elegant wooden punt to enjoy a unique view of one of the world’s finest gardens as our professional punter tells you about its history, environment, wildlife and plants.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, taking the family out, or just catching up with friends, punting on the lake will be a memorable occasion.

Click here for more information and to book.

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Summer Nights on the Aqua Donuts

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Evening Sessions Now Available

This summer, we opened more sessions for you to enjoy. Enjoy chill and grill on our Aquadonuts from 8:30pm8:45pm, and 9:00pm. Perfect for Thursday to Sunday catch up. Text your friends to meet at the Marina and enjoy good food and beautiful ambience together! Tell your boss about  business team building events, book 3 AquaDonuts and have 30 guests.

Click here for more information and to book.


In a Sea Dragon's Garden: Let's go Snorkelling in Victoria

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Thank you to

for the incredible story and photos!

Snorkelling with giant rays and seahorses, through colourful sponge gardens and seagrass meadows, doesn’t sound like your typical Victorian adventure. This state is often overlooked as a snorkelling destination but the variety of marine life accessible year-round, straight off a beach or pier, is world class. You might need a wetsuit but won’t need a plane ticket to Queensland.

A great place to start is the 200-metre-long Octopuses’ Garden Marine Trail along the Rye Pier. Underwater signs lead you along the self-guided tour and explain the sea life in the area including sea horses, sea slugs, hermit crabs and goatfish. Depending on the tide the depth varies from half a metre to three metres.

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