VHF Marine Radio Routine ProWords

Why VHF prowords?

The aim of all VHF ProWords is to ensure we can be: 

  • ACCURATE: Precise & clear. Use plain language and common terminology i.e. ProWords
  • SLOW: Speak CLEARLY and SLOWLY. Remember that the person on the other end may need to write down the essential elements.
  • APPROPRIATE: The right person gets the right information in an appropriate way that can be understood by all
  • SHORT: Keep messages brief / concise

Some of the commonly used VHF Routine ProWords.. there are many more... 

This is

Used to identify yourself i.e. "This is RIB Erebus" Where possible follow with you Callsign.


Used when you've finished what you're saying & you are EXPECTING A REPLY. 



Used when you've finished what you're saying & you DO NOT EXPECT A REPLY

Radio Check

When you want to check that you can be heard 

Say Again

When you've missed some or all of a message/transmission

I Say Again

When you want to repeat what you've just said

Station Calling...

When you're not sure who called you


When you've made a mistake during your transmission and need to fix it !

Examples of ProWords use:

Routine Call:

Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Quay Boat Haven THIS IS RIB Erebus, Erebus, Erebus OVER

STATION CALLING Poole Quay Boat Haven THIS IS Poole Quay Boat Haven OVER

Poole Quay Boat Haven,  THIS IS RIB Erebus, Erebus, Erebus OVER

RIB Erebus THIS IS Poole Quay Boat Haven, Go ahead, OVER

Poole Quay Boat Haven, THIS IS Erebus, we are a 6 metre RIB looking for a berth allocation for lunch OVER

Erebus THIS IS Poole Quay Boat Haven, WAIT

Erebus THIS IS Poole Quay Boat Haven, please head to berth number GH6, golf hotel six, CORRECTION, berth BH6,  I SAY AGAIN berth bravo hotel six OVER

Poole Quay Boat Haven THIS IS Erebus, RECEIVED Many Thanks, OUT

Radio Check:

Tethers End, Tethers End, Tethers End, THIS IS  Erebus, Erebus, Erebus, RADIO CHECK,  OVER

Erebus THIS IS Tethers End, you are loud and clear OVER

Tethers End, THIS IS Erebus, Thank you, OUT


ProWords Scenario Test.pdf
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ProWords Scenario Test Answers.pdf
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