RYA VHF / DSC Radio (Short Range Certificate)
A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
Course topics include:
- * the basics of radio operation
- * the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
- * distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
- * making ship to shore telephone calls
- * Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
- * Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- * Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
- * Search and Rescue (SART)
The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the 'old' VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. To upgrade a Restricted VHF licence to a GMDSS Short Range Certificate you should contact your local RYA Recognised Training centre to discuss the update training required and to organise a SRC examination.
1) Saturday 2nd June 2018
2) Saturday 21st July 2018
3) Saturday 18th August 2018
4) Wednesday 5th Sept. 2018
5) Saturday 20th Oct. 2018
6) Saturday 26th January 2019
7) Wednesday 13th February 2019
8) Saturday 2nd March 2019
9) Saturday 6th April 2019
Course fee £95 inc VAT + £60 (RYA Exam, Licence Fee and Short Range Certificate)
Important Note - Exam & Certificate Payment
Before candidates can take their VHF / SRC exam they must pre-pay the £60 exam and licencing fee to the RYA.
The link below takes you to the RYA's secure page for making this payment. Once payment has been made please print out your unique "Exam Voucher" which you must bring with you on the day of your course and/or exam.