1704 | Visual Communications (aka Flashing Light)


Course Number: 1704
Course Length: 8 hours
Minimum Class Size: 1
Maximum Class Size: 12
Price: $150.00

Please bring picture ID

We recommend that students know the Morse Code prior to arrival.
The course will provide time to polish up reading capabilities with practice sessions that will enable the student to become familiar with MAMA equipment used in the test, and to gain an appreciation for the tempo of the testing as well as the recording requirements.

Any applicant who has successfully completed our Visual Communications (Flashing Light) (MIDATL-542) course will satisfy:

  • The Visual Signaling training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vi) and 11.319(a)(4)(vi) for STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) (Operational Level); AND
  • The Visual Signaling standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.309(a)(3) and 11.319(a)(3); STCW Code Section A-II/1 and Table A-II/1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVICs 12-14 (Ch-4) and 02-18 Tasks 8.1 and 8.2.

 Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed “Task Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification. 

This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/1 as amended for the function Visual signaling and English language at the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage. This course will meet the requirements for Table A-II/1 Specification of minimum standard of competence for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more:

Function: Navigation at the operational level

Competence:  Use the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases and use English in written and oral form

Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency
English language

  • Adequate knowledge of English language… including ability to use and understand IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)

Competence:  Transmit and receive information by visual signaling

Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency
Visual signaling

  • Ability to use the International Code of Signals
  • Ability to transmit and receive by Morse light

Recommended Study Material:
International Code of Signals for Visual, Sound, and Radio Communications Pub. 102; United States Edition 1969 Edition (Revised 2003)
Blinking Light Training Product ID: BKLT Manufacturer: Freelance Software

Upcoming Course Dates:
Call (757) 464-6008 for Class Availability.

Class Starts at:   8:00 a.m.

Check-in Time Starts at:   7:00 a.m.

Required Course Tools:
No tools required for this course