Thanks to the VCKC for bringing in Keith Hanna to help us get certified for the, Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (Marine), aka the ROC(M). This was an intense, two-day class where you try to jam the words written in a government doc into your brain. I gotta say, for being such a standardized learning tool, the Powerpoint presentations we watched (the best possible way to make your brain want to kill you) need some work on consistency with the guide. It was great being able to take it with other paddlers and exchange a bit of info about channels to monitor and stuff like that. It was pretty much standard classroom style fare with a pretty easy exam phase. It's good to know the protocol I guess.

I'm ready to use the radio when I need it, and that's enough peace of mind.