RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC)

Course Details

Duration: 1 Day

Day Timings: 0900 – 1800 approx. (plus 4hrs pre course reading)

Residential? No

Minimum Age – 16 years

Prior Experience – A knowledge of the phonetic alphabet would be an advantage

Course Qualifications –RYA Marine Radio SRC Certificate


£105 per person

About The Course

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) 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.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.


Course materials, simulators,

During the course you will learn about:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore communication
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)
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