Marine VHF Radio (RYA Short Range Certificate) Course

Members and others are advised three individual one day SRC courses will be held on the following dates 

  • Saturday 20 January 2024
  • Saturday 17 February 2024
  • Saturday 6 April 2024

Each course will be limited to a maximum of 6 participants

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.
An Operator’s License is a legal requirement to use a Marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels. This qualification is backed by the MCA and is recognised internationally.

Eligibility: Candidates must be 16 years or older to be issued with an operator’s license

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures  
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using ICOM radio simulators.

At the conclusion of the course if required an exam by an independent assessor can be provided. This will consist of the practical use of a radio making and receiving calls and also a short written test. Each candidate will be examined individually and the exam can take 30 to 40 minutes so you will need to allocate adequate time for this if you wish to take the exam on the day of the course.
The course requires 10 hours study – made up of 3 hour pre course self learning followed by a 7 hour practical and instructional period  “the course” on a Saturday starting at 9.00 am and finishing around 4:30 pm excluding exam time.

The one day course Fee is :- CSC Sailing Members £65 or any Non members £80 and is payable at time of booking

This fee includes the latest RYA VHF Course Handbook which contains information essential to the Course.

Bookings must be made at least two weeks prior to Course to allow for pre course administration and classroom preparation including issue of materials to candidates.

The course will conclude (if booked) with a separate RYA short written and practical assessment for which an additional separate £70 license certificate fee is payable directly to the Royal Yachting Association before the test can be arranged and undertaken.

Please refer to note above regarding time required after course for this.