online course

VHF Radio

Use of VHF/DSC marine radio's

About this Course

A course for anyone who wishes to use or who owns a fixed or handheld 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 minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels

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.

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

The SRC course can be taken in the classroom or online but the exam must be taken at the training centre.

Booking an Online Course

When you book an Online Course with us, you recive access to the official RYA Online website. Here you can learn, practice and take exams.