North Wales Kayak Fishing

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A vhf radio is an essential piece of equipment needed for safely kayak fishing

It may not necessarily be you in trouble but you may be calling for help for someone else

Needing assistance .It is your link to help if you should need it.

Using the correct procedures saves time and gives the coastguard all the information he needs to initiate a rescue or assistance.

Always check your radio is in working order and at full power before you go out.

 

Below there are examples of the main procedures you will use feel free to print them

And learn these procedures.

 

MAYDAY

Use "May Day" when imminent danger threatens life or property and immediate assistance is required

An example could be a paddler in the water  unable to get back into his kayak through injury or illness

Transmit at high power on Channel 16 Most radios will Automatically switch to high power for Ch 16.

"MAYDAY  MAYDAY  MAYDAY"

THIS IS (craft name 3 times)

MAYDAY (craft name)

MY POSITION IS (your location)

Nature of Distress

Nature of Assistance required

Number of people

Any other relevant information

OVER 


Listen for response

 

 

PAN-PAN

Use Pan-Pan when the safety of a person or vessel is in jeopardy  but the danger is not life threatening

 Transmit at high power on Channel 16  Most radios will Automatically go to high power for Ch 16.

"PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN"

ALL-SHIPS 3 times OR Coastguard 3 times

THIS IS (craft name 3 times)

MY POSITION IS (your location)

Nature of Distress

Nature of Assistance required

Number of people

Any other relevant information

OVER


Listen for response

 
To operate a vhf marine radio legally you require a certificate of competence usually this is a 1 day course and an OFCOM portable ship licence  
    Contact information for local coastguard stations
 
       Holyhead                                   Liverpool
      HM Coastguard                         HM Coastguard
      Prince of wales Road                Hall Road West
      Holyhead                                    Crosby
      Anglesey                                     Liverpool
      LL26 1ET                                     L23 8SY
01407 762951/763911                                      01519 31334

 

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