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GMDSS Course

GMDSS Course

RYA VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) - VHF/DSC Operators Course including basic GMDSS Training (this course does not replace GMDSS General Operator's Certificate 9 day course (GOC) or the GMDSS Restricted Operator's Certificate 3 day course (ROC), however, this couse could be considered preparation for either of these other courses.)


3 hours pre-reading + 1 day (upgrade course available if converting from 'old' VHF Restricted Certificate of Competence VHF Licence)

Likely participants:

The VHF Radio/GMDSS course is essential for everyone aged 16 or older who wishes to control the operation of a VHF Radio on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a VHF Radio or VHF DSC Radio! A VHF is an essential item of safety kit and thus taking a VHF SRC course to ensure that you know how to use it is key.

It is somewhat ironic that to helm a high powered powerboat or yacht in the UK you don't need any form of licence or qualification, yet to use its VHF radio you need a licence for the set and to sit an exam to gain your Radio Operators Certificate/Licence.

This is a one day course and simply tends to be known as the VHF Course. The course/exam leads to the new Short Range Certificate (SRC) and covers the new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). This subject is too large to go into the level of detail we would like to on this site so please contact us for further information.

Unlike most other RYA sea schools we do not use unrealistic computer simulators, but have invested in a full set of DSC radios (with the transmitters removed). This means you are learning on real and state of the art equipment. Our classroom is fitted with ICOM DSC simulator sets.

Available Courses and Prices:
Next VHF courses: (Normal Price £120.00 per person, up to 65% discount available) Included free of charge in the course fee, for students taking the exam with Duck-2-Water, is the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) or RYA VHF e-book (E-G31),  emailed or posted to UK addresses, worth £15.99


Sale 65% Saving - Book by 28/05/2020 - Some VHF/SRC Courses reduced from £120 to £69 per person or book 3 or more places on the same course (any published date) only £49.00 per person. To book 3 or more course places please phone us on 02380 339996 or use our web chat form below.


Please check for Late Availability and Special Offer dates available from £49 per person (Special prices and special offers apply to new bookings only)


An additional payment of £60 for exam and the issue of your VHF/SRC Operators Licence (mandatory payment online via the RYA in advance of your course via the RYA website www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments

You will also need to bring a colour passport size photo on the day of your course to send off with your VHF Licence Application. Please allow 21 days for your licence to be issued by the RYA. For a small additional charge the RYA will process your application within 2 days of receipt. Please phone the RYA in advance of your course to arrange and pay for the FastTrack service as it cannot be added once your application has been submitted.



Online Booking: (Book with confidence - All course availability and pricing is in realtime & payments are processed by WorldPay)

We accept UK debit cards and VISA/Mastercard credit cards.

( NO Charge for paying on debit or credit cards )


(Special Offers and Special Prices apply to new bookings only)


Click here to view course prices and our other scheduled RYA VHF SRC Radio Course

Additional VHF Radio courses can be scheduled for groups of 3 or more.

Scheduled VHF Radio courses are held at Southampton, Hampshire UK and in the Solent area.

If you have a group (Minimum of 4 people) from your boat club, marina, boat crew or just friends then we can travel to your area and provide a VHF radio course to suit your schedule. Please contact us for further information.

To Book or Request Further Information:
Duck-2-Water - Book a DSC/VHF Marine Radio Course


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