Marine Radio SRC VHF Course

VHF Marine Radio
VHF Marine Radio

VHF Marine Radio
VHF Marine Radio

VHF Marine Radio
VHF Marine Radio

VHF Marine Radio
VHF Marine Radio


A marine radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct operational procedures. Unnecessary radio transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

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. This can be done by completing this course and taking your final exam.

Whats included?

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 Transponder (SART)


This Online distance learning course, can be undertaken at the candidates own pace in the comfort of their own home. They can install the course on their computer and once downloaded onto their computer/laptop they no longer need an internet connection.

Once successfully completed, the candidate will download a completion certificate.


The cost of the Online course is £49 (including the RYA VHF Handbook worth £14.99*)

The cost of the assessment is £60, paid direct to the RYA.


You can download a free “taster” online course for your Windows or Mac computer here.

Click the icon below to match your computer type.


As you download the file you will be asked if you want to open or save. Choose open.

For Windows open the Zip file and run the exe program. For Mac open the Zip file.

VHF Marine Radio