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What is the VHF Radio Online Course?

The VHF Radio Course is also known as the Short Range Certificate (SRC) Course. It covers how to operate a VHF Radio and all the procedures associated with using a radio, for example calling marinas, how to send a Mayday or a PanPan etc. The VHF Course covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC) – the method of calling other yachts electronically, as well as the traditional method of calling by voice. The Short Range Certificate (‘SRC’) is the radio operator qualification which authorises the holder to operate a VHF radiotelephone, fitted with Digital Selective Calling (‘DSC’) on board any British vessel which is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment. This includes both fixed and handheld sets.

How to get a VHF Radio Licence:

There is a twostep process to get a VHF Radio Licence, (Short Range Certificate SRC) you must:

Firstly – successfully complete the online course


Secondly – on completion of the VHF Radio Online Course you will be eligible to take the VHF Radio Assessment.

Please note, this is taken separately to the VHF Course at the Club and cannot be taken online.

The Online Course:

The online course breaks down the teaching of all aspects of using a VHF Radio into manageable sections. As you work through each section there are various methods used to ensure that you have understood the subject such as little quizzes and even the chance to use a simulator to make and record practice calls. Throughout there are recordings of radio calls so that you can hear what a real call would sound like.

The Course Covers:

  • Basic radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Ship to shore calls
  • Digital Selective calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)
  • At the end of the course there is a straightforward ‘knowledge check’ to ensure that you are ready to go ahead to the assessment.

    Course Duration: 4-8 hours (online)

    Try the Free Taster

    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.


    Course Fee:

    The course fee for this online course is £55 and includes:

  • Personal login and access to the RYA Interactive site
  • RYA VHF/SRC handbook in e-book format
  • Email support from us


    Starting the Course:

    Once we have set up your login and sent it to you (within 24 hours of office working hours after purchase) then you can logon and begin the course. You work through the course at your own pace. The course access online will expire after a period of 6 months from sign-up, so it needs to be completed within this time period.

    Completing the end of course test then leads the RYA Interactive system to issue you your own unique certificate. You will need to take this with you when attending the assessment.

    Booking the VHF Assessment

    Assessments are run at the Club by prior arrangement – just call/email to check.

    If you have undertaken the course online when you come to the examination we will arrange some time for you to get used to the VHF radios you will be using.

    Don’t worry about the word ‘assessment’ – it is not scary! It’s just simply a way of ensuring that you can use the radio, understand what channels to use, make distress, urgency and safety calls etc.

    There is a short written paper to complete so if you feel you may have any issues doing this in writing please do let us know ideally ahead of attending as we can conduct this verbally with you.

    The practical assessment simply involves repeating the various calls you will have learnt to make during the online course.

    There is no age limit to take the VHF Radio Course. You must be 16 years or over to take the VHF Assessment.


    This online training is designed to work across the devices and operating systems shown below. It is optimized for the latest technology, fully responsive and suitable for high definition screens.

    You will need:

  • Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser.
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones.
  • Pop-ups enabled
  • Minimum requirements:

  • 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.
  • RYA Interactive Course Access Details

    To enable access to your online course we need to hare some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in RYA Interactive. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

    Your name and email address will be entered on RYA Interactive in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for 6 months in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

    Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for the duration of your course booking.

    On completion of your course, your name, email address, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course you user account will be removed from RYA Interactive.

    Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access RYA Interactive.

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