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2nd December Short Range Radio (VHF) inc GMDSS *

Short Range Radio (VHF) including GMDSS.

Normally £99 Now only £89* **

 Hythe, Southampton

 *Please note the cost of this course does not include the 

RYA Exam Fee of £70 which is bookable here

** Normally Requires minimum of 4 to run

Remember we will arrange an examiner however the course fee does not include the 

RYA Exam Fee of £70 which is bookable here

SRC = Short Range Radio Certificate

What the RYA Says: - "A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board, and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The 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 either fixed or handheld." 

What our Customers Say: - "We did a VHF radio course with Roger. He knew the subject matter well and helped us learn the practical bits across the course of the day. Both myself and my husband passed our exam and we are very happy with the course and Roger's instruction. Hythe Sailing Club Member via Google ***** Stars

The Course

Required experience.


Minimum duration

10 hours plus exam time. The exam will always be classroom based but the course can be taken in the classroom or online.

​£89* Includes the RYA Short Range Radio Book worth £12.00, which can be provided as a book, or an EBOOK please state at time of booking.

Minimum age



Basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, making ship to shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress Safety System

Certificate issuing criteria.

To be able to operate the radio and know the procedures required to use the radio.


This course is based either in the classroom [Click Here to Book an Online Course] or online, with both, the exam taking place in the classroom.

Both the classroom course and the online course are available through Jolly Roger Sailing. 

The exam

SRC exams consist of a written theory exam and assessment in the practical use of marine VHF radios The exam fee is payable to the RYA. We will book an examiner for you. The examiner will watch you using the radios and will also set you a short-written test.

Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore exams take place at the end of the course. Jolly Roger Sailing will give you details of the time and location for your exam when you book your course.

Find out more about eligibility, arranging and paying for the SRC exam here


  • "Is there any reading I can do before the day?" Yes, we actually ask you to read the VHF Handbook before your course, a copy will be sent to you along with a quiz and some exam pointers, when you book.  
  • "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.
  • "Someone at my sailing club said I don't need a licence as a leisure user?" - This is not true by Law anyone who uses a Marine VHF Equipment must hold an operator’s Licence.
  • "Is there another licence I need for the boat?" - Yes, to own any marine equipment that transmits including your VHF (DSC) Radio as well as other items such as RADAR, EPIRBS or AIS you need to apply for a licence at OFCOM (CLICK HERE)
  • "I'm Scared of Exams!" -  Please don't be. The assessment process is straight forward. The examiner is an instructor just like the one you've has during your course and is there to ensure you reach a minimum standard, you will make mistakes, but most examiners will help you rectify these. There are no trick questions!
  • "I have a learning difficulty so I can't write the paper?"  All papers can be carried out orally with the examiner however this may take a bit more time please call us on 07834733323 to discuss your needs. 

Event Properties

Event Date 02-12-2023 8:30 am
Event End Date 02-12-2023 6:00 pm
Cut off date 01-12-2023
Capacity 8
Registered 4
Available place 4
Individual Price £89.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event