*This price does not include the RYA exam fee of £60 made payable to your examiner or by BACS on your license application form.
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SRC = Short Range Radio Certificate
DSC Digital Selective Calling, incldueded in most most modern radios.
GMDSS – Global Maritome Distress Safety System.
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. This includes both fixed and hand held 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
Making ship to shore telephone calls
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
Search and Rescue (SART)
At JRS 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 have hands on experience using the radios and getting to know how they work. We have 3 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.
Our teaching will take place normally at Hythe community centre. http://www.hythecommunity.org.uk. It is only a 2mins walk fro Hythe ferry which gives easy access to the mainline railway station. There is a café within the centre or alternatively there are sandwiches 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 mins break for lunch as well as a coffee break in the morning and afternoon. If you require a list of B&B accmodation in Hythe please feel free to ask.
The examiner will watch you using the radios and will also set you a short written test.
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 if you purchase new equipment. To upgrade call us to discuss the update training required and to organize a SRC examination.