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  • Short Range Radio Course (VHF)

    Short Range Radio Course (VHF)



(VHF)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.

To book choose a date in the calender on the right or if you can't see a date call us on 07834733323

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.

*NOTE - the cost of this course does not include the cost of the examination, £60, which should be paid for in advance on the RYA website. We will book an examiner for you. The examiner will watch you using the radios and will also set you a short-written test.


Alice Madden-Curtis via Google

***** Stars

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.

Our teaching will take place normally at Hythe Community Centre. or Hythe Marina, both are only a two-minute walk from Hythe Ferry which gives easy access to the mainline railway station in Southampton. There is a café in the centre, or alternatively, there are sandwich shops and coffee shops close by. We will provide tea and coffee, but please bring or expect to buy some lunch. We will only have 30 minutes break for lunch as well as a coffee break in the morning and afternoon. If you require a list of B&B accommodation in Hythe please feel free to ask.


Short Range Radio Course (VHF) Course Dates

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