A one-day course for anyone who owns or uses a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and DSC equipment on any British flagged vessel fitted with a radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. This course is a pre-requisite to Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Examinations. The course is followed by an exam. RYA shorebased courses are run through our parent company SeaRegs Training.

Book on a RYA SRC VHF course below. This course can be taken online too. Future dates are available, please contact the office for details. 

Price: £140 (+exam fee)
Previous Experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: None
Duration: 1 day
Age: Must be 16 to take the exam
Location: Turnchapel Wharf, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Course Content:

  • Basics of Radio Operation
  • Correct Frequencies (Channels) to Use
  • Distress, Emergency & Medical Assistance Procedures
  • Ship to Shore Calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

Costs include:

  • Use of Simulators
  • Course Materials
  • Refreshments


Courses are non-residential so accommodation is required in one of the many hotels or guest houses near the Centre. We can provide a list of recommendations.

RYA VHF Short Range Course can also be completed online.