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The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
The course is taken online before coming to Greece; this is followed by a short practical and written test on your arrival before commencing with the practical.

Course content:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling

  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication

  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures

  • ship to shore communication

  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)

Minimum requirements for the web-based training:

  • PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.

  • Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox

  • iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.

  • Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.


Approximately 10 hours plus the exam.

Price: €130

Included in the price:

RYA VHF online course

Support from an RYA VHF Instructor

Printed RYA VHF handbook (G31) 

(Shipping costs will be added)

Not included:

Face to Face SRC Exam & certificate fee (£70-00 payable to RYA directly)

To avoid shipping costs, you can order your pack as an e-book.

Method of assessment:

There will be a short written and practical exam at our training centre, carried out by an RYA SRC assessor.

Certificates awarded

RYA/MCA Maritime Radio Operators Certificate of Competence - GMDSS Short Range Certificate

Course overview

You are strongly advised to try the taster before you buy the course to ensure that the device you intend to complete the course on is compatible.

No refunds can be issued

for incompatible devices.

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