Course Overview

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. The SRC is the radio license issued to someone who has completed both the SRC training and assessment. This is a one day course held at Bacchus Yachting’s training facilities at Haslar Marina. The course is then followed by an exam held at the end of the day.
You will look at the correct use of the radio, including channels to be used for ship to ship communications, and in the cases of emergencies. You will learn the theory behind the radio unit, how they are correctly used, with plenty of hands on experience.

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. Our RYA SRC/VHF Radio course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to be used and distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures. We use real Icom radio equipment rather than simulators so you can become confident in using the various controls and DSC (Digital Selective Calling) functions.

At the end of the RYA SRC/VHF Radio course students are prepared to take an exam by an independent 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”.
The course and exam is run from 0900 until approx 1730 with a short break for lunch.The exam takes 30-60 minutes.
The exam consists of two parts: a written paper, and practical use of a marine VHF Radio / DSC (Digital Selective Calling) set. If doing just the exam with us please be aware that the written paper and practical session each take 30 minutes, but we ask that you attend for two hours. This enables us to complete the necessary administration (form and passport photo), and gives you some time to familiarise yourself with our ICOM VHF/DSC sets over a coffee prior to the assessments. You will learn your exam result immediately and Bacchus Yachting will submit your paperwork to the RYA, who will issue your certificate by post.

You do not have to have completed your online SRC course through Bacchus Yachting to come to our facilities and sit your exam with us. Anyone who requires an SRC assessment is welcome!

This course is a pre requisite for candidates taking either their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence examinations.

The RYA SRC Radio course is just £39.00 (normal price £99.00) when you book and complete any RYA practical course with us between October and March.

Price : £89.00- £99.00

Plus £60 exam fee payable direct to RYA

Pre-Course Experience

Learn the phonetic alphabet in advance
Basic knowledge of how a VHF works.
There will be some pre-course ‘homework’ sent out to you prior to the course, that covers this.

Assumed Knowledge

To have read the RYA SRC handbook before the course, this book is included in your course fee and we will give you the choice of receiving it in digital or printed format which will be sent to you in advance.

Student Instructor Ratio

Student Instructor Ratio 8:1


The course is run from 0900 to 1730 approx. with a short break for lunch.

You’ll undertake a short practical assessment and a written exam during the afternoon. This can cover any part of the SRC syllabus. The exam takes 30-60 minutes.

Course Content

Knowledge and practical use of a marine radio fitted with DSC in routine and distress situations.

The course concentrates on use of VHF Radio under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). In addition to VHF procedures, it also covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Navtex, EPIRBs and SARTs. This certificate has replaced the old VHF Restricted License and is the qualification required to operate a marine VHF Radio.

The classroom course is taught using our range of live DSC VHF’s. You can expect to practice on Icom radios during your course.

Ability after Course

To be issued with your “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate” licence, enabling you to use VHF DSC radios.

Course Syllabus

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 communication
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

What’s Included

The use of Bacchus Yachting’s practice radios

  • A full day’s training
  • All course materials, RYA VHF Handbook worth £14.49, morning and afternoon tea.
  • Free parking

Please note that the exam fee is separate as it is paid directly to the RYA. To make payment please use the link below: http://www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments/Pages/hub.aspx
Don’t forget to bring a passport-sized photograph so that we can submit an application form on your behalf. Your licence will then be sent to you in the post.
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