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Safe Haven Training will provide Powerboat, First Aid and VHF Marine Radio (Short Range Certificate) courses at:
Safe Haven Training
1271 AL Huizen
25 minutes by car from Amsterdam RAI
The professionele class room is well equipe en provides a pleasant learning environment
It is a well maintained CAT B build 7 meter by 2,6 meter XS R(H)IB, which stands for Rigid (Hull) Inflated Boat. It is rated for 12 persons, for courses there are 4 individual buddy seats available.
It is powered by a 200 horse power Mercery Verado petrol outboard engine.
It is equipped with a wide range of safety equipment by Ocean Safety Signal, VHF Marine radio, depth sounder, plotter, fish finder, an extensive first Aid Kit, AED etc
The boat is yearly inspected by the RYA and approved for providing RYA powerboat courses.
Safe Haven Training uses professional equipment for all courses. Not the lowest minimal standard is the goal, but the best possible. Safety and Quality is the goal, no concessions are made on these areas.
The boat can be chartered with qualified skipper as safety boat for your event on or adjacent to the water. By this you can comply with the handbook incident control on the water as stipulated by the Institution for Physical Safety. On the page charter you can find further details.
Royal Yachting Association a British organization which provides a world class standard for maritime courses on and off shore. Safe Haven Training is proud to be an RYA RTC (Recognized Training Centre) and undergoes yearly inspections for all courses provided, materials used and operational procedures.
For more information please visit rya.og.uk
International Certificate of Competence
It is issued under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport Resolution 40. It is this resolution which details how and to whom the ICC may be issued, the syllabus requirements, the layout of the certificate and it also lists the countries which have notified the UNECE Secretariat that they have accepted the resolution.
The PB 2 course can provide the possibility for an ICC for certain nationalities (for example British, Canada, France, Greece, Sweden, Denmark) . Please follow the link for the exact list of countries and further details.
If your nationality is on the list the RYA can issue an ICC with inland waters category. You need to have the following completed.
License to Operate, EPIRB , PLB, SART, AIS, ATIS
Bedieningscertificaten, EPIRB, SART, AIS, ATIS
Via the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) where 193 countries are participating in, agreements are made over the use of telecomunication. Via the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) agreements have been made regarding SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) (amongst others) the use of Martine radio equipment en the needed license to operate. The education requirements are filled by each country based on the general agreement. The Netherlands has 3 types (Basis Certificate Marifonie, Marcom B en Marcom A, all courses and exams are given in Dutch), and in the UK these are SRC (Short Range Certificate) and the LRC Lang Range Certificate). The SRC is accepted/recognised by the Dutch Agentschap Telecom. The SRC course is given in basic English.
|A1 area||A1, A2 area||A1, A2 area||A1, A2, A3, A4 area|
|Inland waters||Inland and Coastal waters||sea/ocean|
|No operating licence required||Dutch Basis Certificaat||SRC||Marcom B||Marcom-A / LRC|
|Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Pleasure jacht radar (if you have radar you must have a VHF!)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Automatic Identification System (AIS ) transponder||X||X||X||X|
|VHF Marine Radio (fixed or handheld) for inland waters working on ATIS||X||X||X||X|
|VHF Marine Radio (fixed or handheld) for coastal waters working on MMSI with DSC||X||X||X|
|Combi VHF Marine Radio for inland (ATIS) and coastal waters working (MMSI) with DSC||X||X||X|
|Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB 406 MHz)||X||X||X|
|Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)||X||X||X||X||X|
|INMARSAT A, B, C, F, M with GMDSS alert||X||X|
|INMARSAT A, B, C, F, M with GMDSS alert|
|MF / HF-SSB-radio||X|
|A1 Area continous coverage with VHF DSC to coast radio station (based on 25 watt and 16 meter high ariel/antenna)|
|A2 Area (outside A1) continous coverage with MF DSC to coast radio station|
|A3 Outside A1 and A2 satelite communication (Inmarsat) between 76 degrees North and 76 degrees South|
|A4 Outside A1, A2, A3 area above 76 degrees North or below 76 degrees south|
What is the difference between a sea VHF and inland waters VHF ?
The most modern VHF have 2 settings (ATIS/Int). ATIS setting is used for inland waters (mandatory within the Netherlands), INT(ernational) is used as soon as you are on coastal waters.
On the ATIS setting some channels are working on a lower power setting (1 watt) and in the ATIS (Automatic Transmitter Identification System) setting your callsign is transmitted automatically when releasing the PTT (pres To Talk) button. Authorities (Locks, Police etc) who have a decoder can automatically see your callsign and thus your identity. On Dutch inland waters you are required to use the ATIS setting
To be used if you are on coastal/seawater. You need to have a License to Operate as SRC (or higher).
DSC (Digital Selective Calling) allows to send digital messages and enhances the safety enormously. If your VHF has a GPS connection then when you press the distress button, anyone in reach with a DSC VHF will automatically receive your digital mayday with your GPS coordinates and MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) details. The digital signal is send via channels 70 using your MMSI (Maritiem Mobile Service Identity). The DSC Alert needs to be followed by a verbal Mayday Call and Mayday Message on channel 16 with high power.
Via the IMO is in 1979 GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) implemented and completed in 1999. The Sinking of the Titanic in 1912 has been part of the start of this system. It is mandatory for professional users and strongly advised for pleasure crafts. The idea is to have a minimum of 2 independend ways to send distress signals. There are definied sea areas (A1, A2, A3, A4) and depending which areas you are crossing there are equipment requirements, like VHF/HF/MF radio equipment , EPIRB, SART, Navtex. The A1 area is definied to be in continuous VHF DSC contact with a Coastal Station (based on a antenna of 16 meter high on your boat) .
EPIRB = Emergency Position Identification Radio Beacon
An emergency beacon which when activated sends a signal to sattellites providing a HEX ID and GPS coordinates. These signals are routed to the Coastguard. These signals can not be seen by normal boats nearby.
PLB = Personal Locator Beacon
Same working as PLB, however originally developed for use on land. But can be used on sea as well, hoger does not have the same requirements as are applicable for the PLB.
SART = Search and Rescue Transponder
Top be used when you are in your literaft. Works on radar sinas. It responds when received a radar beam providing signals on the receiving radar systems.(X band).
AIS SART = Automatic Identification System Search and Rescue Transponder
The AIS VHF signal can be picked up by ships in range it provides your position on their plotters. Most professional ships are required to have AIS equipment, the use for recreational is increasing.
All these subjects are part of the SRC course at Safe Haven Training .
There are a lot of student who are going for their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Ocean. It is a worldwide recognised Certificate of Competence often required for professional jobs as well.
The complete requirements can be found at the following links
You need a valid
Safe Haven provides these 2 courses.
Often the question is asked if a Yachtmaster (or other foreign certificaat) can be exchanged for a Dutch Vaarbewijs 1 or 2. The answer is no, Dutch regulations do not allow this.
Frequently students ask for hotel information. Safe Haven Training has no commercial binding with hotels. However most of our students stay in
This 2 location is very close to the office of Safe Haven Training (in a straight line less then 200 meter), however it is opposite the water! It is a 20 minute (very nice walk) around the old harbour to our premise.
The location is excellent in the harbour area. Good restaurants and bars within crawling distance (100 meter), can be told based on own experience. Remember, you must be fresh (and sober) and on time for the course the next day!
For an available B & B take a look at booking.com.