RYA SRC – VHF Marine Radio


Make no mistake the VHF Radio is the most important piece of safety equipment you will ever purchase for your craft, it is essential that you know how to operate it, and that you conform to the legal requirements for its use on your boat.

The VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard a small craft and can be used under the supervision of a licensed operator. It is important to note that any person operating a VHF radio without the correct certification is liable for prosecution and can have the equipment confiscated.

The one-day RYA SRC/VHF Radio course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to be used and distress, emergency & medical assistance procedures. We use real radio equipment rather than computer simulators so you can become confident in using the various controls and DSC (Digital Selective Calling) functions. The VHF radio network has undergone great change with the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress System (GMDSS.) and these changes are discussed in depth.

At the end of the RYA SRC/VHF Radio course students are prepared to take a short exam (Separate Examiner). The exam is not difficult and has a high pass rate. After the successful completion of this exam you will be issued with the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate”. There is an exam fee payable directly to the RYA on the day £60.00.

You will use the latest Icom live VHF radio voice training equipment giving you the benefit of “hands-on” tuition. We offer a high quality friendly course using the best of equipment. Candidates have the opportunity to practice radio procedures and techniques on our live Icom M601 VHF radios.

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.