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RYA VHF Radio Course

VHF SRC Marine Radio Courses

3 Hours pre-reading + 1 Day Course

RYA VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) – VHF/DSC Operators Courses including GMDSS Training. If you would prefer the Online VHF Radio Course please look at the RYA Online VHF Radio Course.

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Individual Bookings

£120.00 per person

Include 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 £15.99

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

Late Availability

From £59 per person

(Special prices and special offers apply to new bookings only)

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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 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.

This is a one day vhf radio 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 ). 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 real ICOM DSC radio sets.

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

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.

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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.

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