VHF Radio Basics for Paddlers with Robert Nissenbaum

Everything you need to know from choosing a VHF to basic operation

Learn how to use a VHF marine radio in this 1.5hr pre-recorded webinar with your host, paddler and instructor Robert Nissenbaum. Also joining the webinar is Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary member and Paddle Canadian instructor Adrian Lee.

- Learn about VHF radio parts (buttons), basic operation and how to choose a radio for your type of paddling, rowing etc.

- A versatile tool, find out about all the different benefits of a VHF and how each can work for you

- Find out when to use a VHF for making calls whether to check marine traffic, contact another boat or make an emergency call

Learn how to make a call using proper radio communications lingo so your calls will be more effective

– Read about real world scenarios where VHF radios were of assistance and how they were used for paddling and marine emergencies.

– Get additional insight from Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary member and Paddle Canada instructor Adrian Lee

Q & A with students in the webinar and Adrian Lee.


Your host Robert Nissenbaum is an adventure seeking coastal sea kayaker, Robert has paddled much of the Puget Sound, kayaking and camping year-round, navigating tidal currents, wind, rough water, and large, open-water crossings. He is a ACA and BCU certified instructor, an instructor and trip leader with Salmon Bay Paddle, the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association and Washington Kayak Club.


Your Instructor


Robert Nissenbaum
Robert Nissenbaum
An adventure seeking coastal sea kayaker, Robert has paddled much of the Puget Sound, kayaking and camping year-round, navigating tidal currents, wind, rough water, and large, open-water crossings. He is an ACA and BCU certified instructor, an instructor and trip leader with the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association and Washington Kayak Club.

He is a member of Qajaq USA (Greenland paddling) and holds the ACA Advanced Communications Instructor Endorsement enabling him to work with students with vision impairment or blindness, hearing impairment, deafness and speech impairments.

Robert is a Brand Amabassador for Turning Point Boatworks and the Petrel Play.

Follow Robert on IG: @robert.nissenbaum


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