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RYA VHF Radio Course

RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Short Range Certificate Course

3 Hours pre-reading + 1 Day Course with the RYA VHF Radio Exam the same day

RYA VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) – VHF/DSC Operators Courses including Marine Radio Training. It is suitable for anyone who wants to control the operation of a VHF Radio on British vessels. If you would prefer the Online VHF Radio Course please look at the RYA Online VHF Radio Course.

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Prices

Individual Bookings

List Price £120.00 per person

Included for FREE – for students taking the VHF Radio exam with Duck-2-Water in Southampton, is the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) or RYA VHF e-book (E-G31),  emailed or posted to UK addresses, worth £19.99

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/exams

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From £69 per person

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Why Choose The RYA VHF Radio Course?

VHF Radio courses are 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 Radio is an essential item of safety kit and thus taking a VHF radio 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.

What Does The Course Involve?

This is a one day training 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 Course ). The VHF Radio exam is conducted on the same day as the course. Duck-2-Water will arrange for a RYA VHF Radio examiner to attend. The SRC certificate is issued by the RYA at a later date.

It covers everything you need to know about operating a radio including how to use the right frequencies, procedures for emergencies, Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Search and Rescue (SART), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

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 real ICOM DSC radio sets.

What Will I Receive After the Exam?

After taking the course and passing the exam, you will receive the new Short Range Certificate (SRC), issued by the RYA up to 21 working days later depending on what option is selected. The RYA do offer a fast track option for an additional fee.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification that is required by law if you want to operate VHF and DSC equipment on a British flagged vessel that has been voluntarily fitted with a radio, including both handheld sets and fixed sets.

Do I Need Previous Experience?

You do not need any previous experience to take the RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Short Range Certificate Course, and it is suitable for complete beginners.

Why Should I Choose Duck-2-Water?

Unlike most other RYA sea schools, we do not use unrealistic computer simulators. Instead, we 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.

We also provide qualified instructors who provide friendly and engaging instruction, and because courses are small, you get the attention you need.

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

Where Is the Course Held?

Scheduled VHF Radio courses are held at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton SO14 3XB UK (near Shamrock Quay Marina & Ocean Quay Marina) and in the Solent area. The VHF Radio Course is near London and very commutable.

If you have a group (Minimum of 8 people) from your boat club, marina, boat crew or just friends then we can travel to your area and provide a VHF course to suit your schedule. Please contact us for further information.

How Long Will It Take to Complete The VHF Radio Course?

This is a short course that only takes one day to complete, including the VHF exam.

FAQs

Yes, the marine radio operators certificate (SRC) is a legal requirement to use a marine VHF radio at sea. You must hold an operators licence. The operators licence is called the RYA VHF/SRC Marine radio certificate and can be obtained by either by either an online or classroom course, both require you to pass a face to face exam after course completion.

The VHF Operators licence last forever. However, a ship radio licences last a lifetime, but must be revalidated every 10 years.

Yes, the licensing rules for Marine VHF apply whether you have a fixed VHF set or handheld VHF. The operators licence is called the RYA VHF/SRC Marine radio certificate and can be completed via an online or classroom course, both require you to pass a face to face exam after course completion.

Yes, you can take the online VHF Radio Course, however, for the final SRC VHF Radio exam, you must attend the exam in person at a RYA recognised training centre.

Book Your Place Today

If you’re ready to book a place on the RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Short Range Certificate Course, you can do so quickly and easily online. Alternatively, please contact us with any questions you have and we will be happy to answer them.

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Why choose Duck-2-Water?

Our aim is to provide a full and comprehensive service to boating enthusiasts. If you would like to buy your first boat, we are here to listen to what you are trying to achieve and give completely impartial advice, so that you purchase the right yacht charter for you. When you need to gain confidence or qualifications, our RYA Sea School can help at all levels.

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