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A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board a boat and it is vital to understand the correct operating procedures. This course incorporates both the SRC course and the examination which must be completed in order to award the radio certificate.

This 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.

The course will be taught using radio simulators and the exam will include a short written test.

If you have taken the course elsewhere or completed it online and only need to undertake the direct exam, please call our bookings team on 01248 673943 and we may be able to arrange for you to attend the Sunday only or find an alternative date.

Key learning points: basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, urgency and medical assistance procedures, making ship to shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

SRC Pack: On booking this course you will be sent (by post) the accompanying course pack, this includes the VHF handbook (G13) and exam application form. Please ensure you are familiar with the following sections of the handbook prior to attending the course.

1. Knowledge of radio frequencies (chapter 2 – ‘How a Radio Works’)

2. Knowledge of appropriate channel names (chapter 5 ‘VHF Channels’)

3. Awareness of the existence and use of IMO standard vocabulary and alphabet (chapter 6). You will need to remember the meanings of the listed prowords and be able to recite the phonetic alphabet

4. Distress Message (Read page 45 and learn the sequence)

Please ensure you bring your course pack (including the exam application form) with you. Should you fail to bring it with you, you will be charged £10.00 for a replacement.


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Course Information

Duration: 1.5 Days

Time: 09.15-17.00 (Saturday) + Exam on Sunday

Minimum standard: None

Passport Photo: This is required for the issue of your licence

Exam Fee: An examination fee is payable direct to the RYA (please bring a cheque with you. For current exam fees click here

Minimum Age: 16yrs

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