Short Range Radio (VHF) Course A1


SRC = Short Range Radio Certificate
DSC = Digital Selective Calling, included in most modern radios.
GMDSS = Global Maritome Distress Safety System.

The RYA 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 handheld equipment using International channels.

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
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

At Jolly Roger Sailing this course will be taught and examined using iCOM training radios. These are real radios with the transmitter removed but connected as a network through cables. This means that you can gain hands on experience using the radios and get to know how they work.  We have three main sets and 1 handheld for you to use.

The day will be an intensive day including at least 8 hours of teaching and an exam. The RYA specify that it should take close to 10 hours.  To cover this, you will be sent the RYA booklet early, plus a quiz that will show that you have done at least 3 hours of reading in advance.

​£99* Includes the RYA Short Range Radio Book worth £11.00, which can be provided as a book or an EBOOK please state at time of booking.

You may ask the question ‘I have and older VHF License?’  All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the 'old' VHF license (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification when you purchase new equipment. Call us to discuss the update training required and to organize an SRC examination.

Event Properties

Event Date 28-09-2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 28-09-2020 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-09-2020
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 2
Cut off date 27-09-2020
Individual Price Free
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