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.

Course Overview

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 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.

Course Topics

  • 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)


Please also have a look at the RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Syllabus page.


  • 1 day -  (09.30 - 17.30) plus 3 hours of pre course reading which will be emailed to you, prior to the course commencing.



  • 2nd March 2024
  • 27th April 2024
  • 1st June 2024
  • 31st August 2024
  • 28th September 2024
  • 3rd November 2024
  • 7th December 2024
  • 25th January 2025
  • 1st March 2025
  • 6th April 2025
  • 3rd May 2025
  • 21st June 2025
  • 26th July 2025
  • 30th August 2025
  • 4th October 2025
  • 6th December 2025

Please contact me if these dates do not suit, we may be able to arrange a more convenient date.


  • Lunch
  • Tea & Coffee
  • RYA VHF Radio Handbook

Not included

  • Accommodation
  • Certification fee set by the RYA (£70)


Per Person 190€

Bookings & Info

For more information & bookings please contact Stephanie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Phonetic Alphabet

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.

Recommended books

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 (inc.GMDSS) at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA VHF Radio (SRC Syllabus and Sample Questions) at the RYA Shop Buy RYA VHF Radio (SRC Syllabus and Sample Questions) at the RYA Shop

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


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Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands

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