VHF – Marine Radio [SRC] Online Course


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.

Please note that if you buy more than one course, you must enter the full name and email address of the additional student(s) in the Notes box when you check out. Thank you

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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:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the 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)

This is an online interactive course [approx. 10 hours]  and it will be taught using online radio simulators. The course is followed by an online test to confirm that the course has been successfully completed.  The online test will then be followed by a practical examination at an RYA Training Centre.  The examination will also include a short written test.  The online course will expire if there is no log in within a 12 month period.

The examination has to be conducted by an independent examiner.  The exam can be booked at our centre in Largs Yacht Haven following successful completion of the online course and issue of the course completion certificate.  The cost of the exam is set by the RYA, at £70, which is payable before the exam and is not included in the price of the VHF course.

All of the above process is controlled and directed by the VHF Course Management page at the RYA Interactive site, which is accessible once the course has been paid for and the student has logged in.

Exam Location:

  • Largs Yacht Haven, Irvine Rd, Largs KA30 8EZ
  • excellent bus and train link
  • free parking available


Exam can be booked by contacting admin@gowestsailing.com


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