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RYA VHF Radio Operator Course and Exam

1 day: £120.00

+ an exam fee of £60 (payable to the RYA)

East Anglian Sea School offers the RYA Short Range VHF Radio Operators Course (SRC). This is the radio operator qualification which authorises the holder to operate a VHF radio telephone fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on board any British vessel which is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.

If you own a marine VHF radio, hand held or fixed on the boat, you are required by law to hold an operators licence. This means that you know the procedures and avoid clogging up the airwaves with unnecessary transmissions, which could block out a Mayday distress call.




In January 2014 the RYA Short Range Certificate course changed to keep in line with other European countries as per the rules and regulations under CEPT (The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations). The training has gone up to 10 hours with separate examination making the classroom based course longer in duration.

We would expect you to have completed 3 hours of home study using the VHF Radio Handbook G31 provided and 7 hours of classroom study commencing at 0930.

The RYA SRC assessment/exam will take 2 hours and be taken at the end of the same day after the course.

Please remember to bring along a passport sized photograph



GMDSS Short Range Certificate if successful, after which the candidate has to apply to the RYA for a licence at an additional cost of £60 (payable to the RYA) and provide a passport sized photograph.



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Suggested Previous Experience

None. But you should study the RYA Booklets G31 before attending which is included in the cost of the course and will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.


Course Content

Digital selective Calling (DSC) using ICOM

Distress, Urgency and Routine RT Procedures (DUS)

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

Making ship to shore and ship to ship calls.

Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)

The basics of radio operation

The correct frequencies (channels) to be used.

You will be taught using VHF radio simulators, and will be assessed by a practical and theory examination paper with an independent RYA Assessor, it is advisable that you learn the phonetic alphabet and have a good understanding of the Mayday procedures before commencing this course.


East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com