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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: €210 + €82 paid to the RYA for the exam

Included in the price:

RYA VHF online course

Support from an RYA VHF Instructor

RYA VHF e-book  

Face to Face SRC Exam & certificate fee.

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
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