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RYA VHF (SRC) Radio Course

Online Course

There are no scheduled upcoming dates for this course.

If you would like to be alerted as to when the next course date is, or would like to set up a custom date for this course, please get in touch using the Course Enquiry Form below.

Course Outline

This online course introduces you to your VHF and GMDSS radio sets, and to the procedures which are internationally recognised for use on the Short Range Radio airwaves.

The course follows the short range certification required to achieve the qualification of Restricted (VHF) Radio Operator which is a legal requirement for using or overseeing a VHF radio on board a leisure or small commerical vessel.

Content & Objectives

The course will cover the following

  • Using the set
  • The radio alphabet
  • Ofcom and radio licensing law
  • Standard calling procedures
  • Specified channels
  • Coastguard use – mayday, pan-pan and routine traffic
  • DSC use – MOB button & acknowledging information

Learning Mode

This is an online course that can be undertaken in your own time.  The online session will take you through the course subjects in a lively and interesting way and, when you are ready, you can take the questionnaire to check your learning.

On successful completion of the questionnaire you will be invited to print out a certificate proving your competency and you will then need to book a time to come to Red Ensign (or another RYA centre that offers this facility) for your final theory and practical assessments.

The price for the assessment and licence fee is an additional £60 and this is paid directly to the RYA (by debit/credit card or cheque) when you attend the centre.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course however you should be over 18 years of age and should bring a passport sized photo for your licence.


The price for this course is £60 inc  VAT.

A separate payment of £70 will need to be made directly to the RYA for assessment and your licence by either debit/credit card or cheque on the day of the examination.

Course Enquiry Form

In order for us to be able to deal with your request as quickly and effectively as possible, please fill in as much information as you can in the form below.

Requirements Checklist
  • 18+ Years of Age

    You must be at-least 18 to attend this course

  • Your Identification Card

    You must bring an official form of identification, such as your Passport, Discharge Book , Driving Licence or National ID.