Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) (STCW) $1,795.00


Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) (STCW)


Course Description:

In compliance with the Standards of Training, & Certification of Watchkeeping Code (STCW), established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), we offer the comprehensive, hands-on, 70 hour based training program in GMDSS Equipment and Operating Procedures. Our GMDSS course covers the practical, as well as the theoretical components of GMDSS Operation.   Applicants who successfully completes our 70-hour Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) course with a passing grade of at least 75% will satisfy the GMDSS training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(n) and Table A-IV/2 of the STCW Code.

The Global Maritime Distress & Safety System includes the use of:

  •  The INMARSAT System
  •  MF/HF Transceivers (Single Side Band)
  •  MF/HF NBDP – Narrow Band Directing Printing
  •  MF/HF DSC – Digital Selective Calling Controllers
  •  VHF Radio Telephones
  •  VHF DSC – Digital Selective Calling Controllers
  •  NAVTEX Receivers
  •  406 MHz EPIRBs –Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacons
  •  Search & Rescue Transponders (SARTS)
  •  Survival Craft Transceivers
  •  Reserve Sources of Energy with integrated Chargers

If you do not hold an FCC GMDSS Operator License, in addition to the STCW Program, we also offer the testing and processing of FCC Licenses that can be taken after the training program.

Examination/Assessment – Practical training and assessment in the operation and use of GMDSS equipment.

Below are some useful web site links for those that plan on attending the GMDSS course:

Homeland Security web Site detailing GMDSS operations for U.S. flagged vessels. This website has information in regards to a GMDSS overview, GMDSS systems and requirements: Global Maritime Distress And Safety System.

FCC web site providing access to the FCC examination question pool for Element 7 – GMDSS Operator  The approved GMDSS course must use these 600 questions for the final 100 question GMDSS exam: FCC Element 7 Question Pool.


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