GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems)


The Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems course is STCW-2010-approved. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in the proper use of GMDSS communications systems and other GMDSS equipment, such as Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPRIB’s) and Search and Rescue Transponder (SART). This U.S. Coast Guard-approved course meets or exceeds the minimum level of knowledge specified in the U.S. Coast Guard STCW and IMO requirements for training in Global Marine Distress Safety System (GMDSS).

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Ship’s Antennas
  • CFR regulations and traffic procedures
  • Distress Signals and Distress Traffic
  • Urgency transmissions
  • Safety transmissions
  • DSC- Digital Selective Calling
  • DSC procedures for VHF-MF and HF
  • INMARSAT-Fleet 77
  • Radio Telex
  • Maritime Safety Information under the GMDSS
  • Emergency radio beacons
  • SART-Search and Rescue Transponders-Portable VHF Transceivers
  • Power supplies
  • Maritime Mobile Traffic charges
  • False Alerts in the GMDSS
  • The role of the RCC in the GMDSS

Additional Information

Course Required By: U.S. Coast Guard (*We satisfy STCW and FCC certification.)

Written Exam: USCG-regulated

Retraining: Not required. FCC GMDSS Radio License fees apply. Get more information here.

Location: Only offered at our Lafayette location.

Instructor: Terry Stout with Onboard Maritime Training (Outsource provider)

*Guaranteed, no cancellation of scheduled course dates.

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