Book on an RYA SRC/VHF course below. This course can be taken online too. Future dates are available, please contact the office for details. 

A one-day course for anyone who owns or used a fixed of hand-held marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and DSC equipment on any British flagged vessel fitted with a radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. This course is a pre-requisite to Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore examinations. This course is followed by an exam. 

Plymouth Dates

Course Date Duration Price
RYA VHF/SRC Radio Operator 20 Apr - 20 Apr 2021 1 day £ 120.00 Book Now
RYA VHF/SRC Radio Operator 8 May - 8 May 2021 1 day £ 120.00 Book Now
RYA VHF/SRC Radio Operator 19 May - 19 May 2021 1 day £ 120.00 Sold Out

London Dates

For all London courses, please see our London Course Dates page

Plymouth Price: £120 (plus exam fee)
London Price: £144 (plus exam fee)
Previous Experience:
Assumed Knowledge:
1 Day

Course Content

  • Basics of radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to use
  • Distress, emergency & medical assistance procedures
  • Ship to shore calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

Costs Include:

  • Use of Simulators 
  • Course Materials 
  • Refreshments 


Courses are non-residential so accommodation is required in one of the hotels or guest houses near the Centre. We can provide a list of recommendations. 

The RYA VHF Short Range Certificate can also be completed online – please see here for more details.