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RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate


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).

We have two options for delivery of this course:

  • A one day classroom based course at the school
  • Study at your own pace, anytime, anywhere with the online version on our RYA Interactive page. All you need is a computer and internet access

The classroom course will be taught using VHF/DSC radio simulators and will be examined by a short practical and written test.

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

The online training course is designed to work across the devices and operating systems shown below. It is optimized for the latest technology, fully responsive and suitable for high definition screens.

You will need:

  • Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser.
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones.
  • Pop-ups enabled.

Minimum requirements:

  • PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.
  • Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.

We strongly recommend trying the SRC Taster Course before buying the full course to check that it will work on your device. Try the taster here

The online course will take between 6 to 8 hours to complete and one of our instructors is available to answer any questions you might have whilst working through the course. The RYA have produced a short promotional video so that you can see what´s involved. Take a look here:

The course includes the VHF Handbook available as a physical book or an ebook. If you choose the ebook option, you will have instant access to it and the added advantage that you can take it with you anywhere. If you prefer a physical book, we can post it out to you and postage will be charged at cost. You will receive your username, password and login details as soon as you enroll so that you can make a start straight away. Upon completion, you can download the course completion certificate and arrange your practical and written exam with us. Prior to taking the exam, you will be given at least 15 minutes, with the instructor on hand, to familiarise yourself with the equipment before commencing the exam.

Upon successful completion, your application form will be posted to the RYA Certification Department and your Marine Radio Operator Short Range Certificate will be issued by the RYA.

2020 Prices
Online Course £95.00 GBP per person plus licence issue fee payable to RYA (see below)
Classroom Course £125.00 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 for classroom course. Approx. 10 hours for online course. Assessment session takes one to two hours.
Suggested minimum pre-course experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: Phonetic Alphabet
Minimum Age: 16 years
What your fees include:
  • Fully qualified professional instruction/support and use of training equipment
  • RYA VHF Handbook ebook or physical book
What´s not included:
  • RYA licence issue fee payable directly to RYA. 2019 fee is £60.00 GBP
  • Lunch and refreshments on classroom based course
  • Postage costs if you order the physical book
Availability: The online course is available anytime. The classroom courses are arranged on demand. Contact us to see if we can accommodate your chosen date. You can book an exam with us anytime if you have completed the online course. It should take one hour plus 15 minutes familiarisation time.