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Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator


If you own a marine radio hand held or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operator´s licence. This one day course is designed to teach the procedures for operation of a VHF/DSC radio for routine communication and for distress and emergency situations.

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), Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and Search and Rescue Radar Transponders (SART).

The course will be taught using VHF/DSC radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test. Upon successful completion, the RYA Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator licence will be issued by the RYA.

Why not try the VHF pre-course knowledge check on our RYA Interactive page?

Low Season (November to March) £100.00 GBP per person plus licence issue fee payable to RYA (see below)
High Season (April to October) £100.00 GBP per person plus licence issue fee payable to RYA (see below)
Course Details
Duration 1 day - Saturday or Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Suggested minimum pre-course experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: Phonetic Alphabet
What your fees include:
  • Fully qualified professional instruction and use of training equipment
  • RYA VHF Radio (incl. GMDSS) book
What´s not included:
  • RYA licence issue fee payable directly to RYA. 2017 fee is £60.00 GBP
  • Lunch and refreshments
Availability: These are arranged on demand. Contact us to see if we can accommodate your chosen date.