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Christian Sandvig

Christian Sandvig is a Professor at the University of Michigan and an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has cruised in the Great Lakes, the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Atlantic States and the Mediterranean. Christian has taught courses about radio communication for over 20 years.

Christian enjoys traveling the Great Lakes on a custom steel trawler whose hailing port is Detroit, Michigan. Additionally Christian has cruised in the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Atlantic States, and the Mediterranean Sea. He is an amateur radio enthusiast and amateur radio license instructor. He is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he volunteers answering marine radio distress calls. 

Off the water, Christian teaches communication at the University of Michigan. As a professor he has received six teaching awards and conducts research involving radio regulation. As part of the United States delegation, his graduate students have participated in the World Radio Communication Conference, the international body that determines what marine VHF radio channels there will be and what each channel should be used for. 


Related webinars

Whether in the Great Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean, everyone on board must be able to use the VHF radio in an emergency. Is your crew prepared? Many people are intimidated by this simple device because they have never had a gentle introduction with clear examples and straightforward procedures. Join Christian Sandvig, University of Michigan professor and member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, to learn how to demystify this vital piece of marine safety equipment.
The equipment you need to communicate on the water varies depending on where and how you will use your boat. Furthermore, the technologies for communicating are changing all the time. Do you possess the appropriate communication equipment? Is your current equipment outdated and potentially unsafe? Does your equipment match your cruising plans? Join Christian Sandvig, University of Michigan professor and member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, for a thorough look at modern marine communications equipment.