Having a Marine radio can be critical when operating a boat on any type of water. There are many uses for a Marine radio, but the most important is to send a distress signal -- here's how to do it.
Step 1: Call distress signal Tune your marine radio to channel 16 and call out the word "mayday" three times in a row. This is the international hailing and distress frequency.
TIP: Collect as much information as you can about your vessel, your condition, and your location before making a distress call.
Step 2: Name your vessel Call out the name of your vessel by saying "This is" and then repeating the name of your vessel three times in a row.
TIP: Call out your call sign and registration number once each if you know them.
Step 3: Repeat mayday and name Repeat "mayday" and the name of the vessel once more.
Step 4: Give position Give the position of your vessel finding your latitude and longitude on a nautical chart, and approximate distance to a known landmark or island.
TIP: Give your bearing information by describing the direction you're heading using your compass.
Step 5: Describe your condition Describe the nature of your distress by saying something like, "struck a submerged object," "taking on water," or "fire on board."
Step 6: Describe what you need Describe any specific assistance you might need, like medical attention for someone on board, or pumps needed to remove water.
Step 7: Describe number of people on board Describe how many people are on board, their age if pertinent, and their condition.
Step 8: Give other information Give any other pieces of information that may further assist the rescuer. Then end the call with the word "over."
Step 9: Switch channels Switch to a mutually decided on, free channel once you have established contact with a rescuer. Simply call out a switch to a numbered channel and then tune to that channel to continue communicating with the rescuer.
FACT: The distress signal "mayday" was created in 1923 by Fredrick Stanley Mockford, based on the French word m'aider, which means "come help me."
You Will Need
General information about your boat and passengers