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RYA VHF Radio Course

VHF SRC Marine Radio Courses


RYA VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) – VHF/DSC Operators Courses including GMDSS Training


3 hours pre-reading + 1 day VHF Radio Course

If you prefer the Online VHF Radio Course please look at the RYA Online VHF Radio Course.

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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.

Available VHF Radio Courses and Prices:

Next VHF courses: Normal Price £120.00 per person. Included free of charge in the course fee, 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

Please check for Late Availability and Special Offer dates available from £99 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

You will also need to bring a colour passport size photo on the day of your VHF Radio 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.


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

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

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

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 4 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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