Radio Operators Wanted

Become a Radio Operator and Join the Team that Saves Lives at Sea

To prepare for summer we want to train you how to co-ordinate our service to Whitianga’s boating public. You will learn how to respond to VHF radio calls and use our computerised recording and charting systems. While most calls are trip reports, you will also learn how to deal with emergencies, recording key information, passing it on to the Duty Officer, maintaining contact with our crews on the water, and keeping the distressed boatie up to date with progress. It can be an exciting time.

You don’t need boating experience or marine knowledge although that would help. You do need at least average keyboard skills, the ability to keep calm in emergencies, and the capacity to accurately record both alpha and numeric information.

Our monthly rosters are flexible (just ask our Roster Officer!), but generally, during summer, you will be asked to do a couple of 4 hour shifts a week during daylight hours. This drops to one shift a week in winter, on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. We also have one continuing education session on the first Thursday evening of each month.

Coastguard offers a 24/7 service; other Coastguard Radio Operators back us up during off-peak hours.

If you are interested, or want to come to the Operations Room first, to have a look, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Ron Aylan-Parker

Radio Operator

027 2800 576