RYA Marine VHF Radio Course
The RYA Marine VHF Radio one day course is for anyone who operates a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.
- The basics of radio operation
- The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
- Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
- Making ship to shore telephone calls
- Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)
The course will be taught using training radios (not simulators) and will be examined by a short written test and practical assessment.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre 1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.
- 1 day - (09.30 - 17.30) plus 3 hours of pre course reading which will be emailed to you, prior to the course commencing
- 20th May 2017
- 17th June 2017
- 22nd July 2017
- 19th August 2017
- 23rd September 2017
- 14th October 2017
- 18th November 2017
- 16th December 2017
- 13th January 2018
- 10th February 2018
- 10th March 2018
- 14th April 2018
- 12th May 2018
- 9th June 2018
- 14th July 2018
- 11th August 2018
- 15th September 2018
- 13th October 2018
- 10th November 2018
- 8th December 2018
Please contact me if these dates do not suit, we may be able to arrange a more convenient date.
- Tea & Coffee
- RYA VHF Radio Handbook
- Certification fee (£60)
|Per Person||£145 (2017)|
|Per Person||£150 (2018)|
Bookings & Info
Pre course preparations
Anyone can take the SRC Pre-course Knowledge check before their SRC radio course, just to make sure they're ready for the course, we will also email you some pre-course reading which is essential for you to learn and memorise before the course.
Take the pre-course knowledge check here.
A sample of the pre course reading - you should know the phonetic alphabet prior to attending the course.
|A = Alpha||J = Juliet||S = Sierra|
|B = Bravo||K = Kilo||T = Tango|
|C = Charlie||L = Lima||U = Uniform|
|D = Delta||M = Mike||V = Victor|
|E = Echo||N = November||W = Whiskey|
|F = Foxtrot||O= Oscar||X = X ray|
|G = Golf||P = Papa||Y = Yankee|
|H = Hotel||Q = Quebec||Z = Zulu|
|I = India||R = Romeo|
You can download the phonetic alphabet here.
We recommend the following book/s to prepare yourself prior to attending the course. If you click on the link it will take you directly to the page on the RYA website for you to order directly from them and they will have it/them despatched immediately to you.
|Buy RYA VHF Radio (inc.GMDSS) at the RYA Shop|
|Buy RYA VHF Radio (SRC Syllabus and Sample Questions) at the RYA Shop|