RYA VHF/SRC Radio Course

The VHF Radio is the most important piece of safety equipment you will ever purchase for your craft, it is essential that you know how to operate it, and that you conform to the legal requirements for its use on your boat.

This Online distance learning course can be undertaken at the candidates own pace in the comfort of their own home. The course is web-based and compatible with PC, Mac, iPads and Android tablets. It will usually take approx 8-10 hours overall to complete, you can start, stop when you like and replay sections as required.

At the end of the RYA SRC/VHF Radio course, students receive a completion certificate and are prepared to take a short exam at NAVSAR marine centre. After the successful completion of this exam you will be issued with the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate”. There is an exam fee payable directly to the RYA prior to the examination of £60.00.

The online RYA SRC/VHF Radio course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, course topics include:

  • 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 System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)


SRC Pack: On booking this course you will be sent (by post) the accompanying course pack, this includes the VHF handbook (G13) and you will receive details of how to access the online learning via email within three business days.

Course Details

Duration Online to be completed at the Students pace and schedule ( Exam to be completed later at separate cost )
Cost £65.00
Minimum Age 16 Years old
Pre-requisites None
Course content Marine Radio (SRC)
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.
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 topics include:

  • Basics of radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship to shore communication
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be online and examined using real training radios. The exam will also include a short-written test.

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. To upgrade a Restricted VHF licence to a GMDSS Short Range Certificate contact us to discuss the update training required and to organize a SRC examination.

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