RYA Day SRC / VHF Radio Course – Solent Yacht Services

RYA Day SRC / VHF Radio Course

RYA Day SRC / VHF Radio Course

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.

The course concentrates on use of VHF Radio under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). In addition to VHF procedures, it also covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Navtex, EPIRBs and SARTs. This certificate has replaced the old VHF Restricted Licence and is the qualification required to operate a marine VHF Radio.

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.


  • RYA Day SRC / VHF
  • Use the latest radio equipment 
  • 1 Days theory Training 
  • RYA Instructor 
  • Free navigation bag with starter kit
  • RYA recognised training school
  • Includes lunch
This one day course will start at 0900 and finish around 1700 
Pre-course experience 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht, also Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand.
  • 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)
  • The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators.

The exam will also include a short written test.

Your joining instructions will be sent with your booking confirmation. 

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