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Marine VHF Radio (SRC) - a one-day course for anyone who operates a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

This 1 day course covers all aspects of the RYA and MCA syllabus for anyone who operates a handheld or fixed marine VHF (Very High Frequency) and VHF/DSC (Digital Selective Calling) radio.  It will enable you to become a competent communicator in all VHF/DSC procedures.  You will receive the SRC (Short Range Certificate) on successful completion of the exam process.

A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment.  It is vital to understand the correct procedures to operate a marine VHF/DSC radio.  The SRC is the minimum qualification required by law to operate this radio class.

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



There are 2 options for completing the VHF course and taking the exam



This takes roughly 5 hours of course study including the use of the RYA VHF
Handbook. You need to pass the online questions to receive the Interactive
Course Completion Certificate. Once you have passed and downloaded your
certificate, you can take the exam. We will arrange the exam direct with
you, to be taken at the PHSS Training Venue.






Complete the course as a one day classroom course with the exam process at the end of the training. We will send you the RYA VHF book before the course for roughly 2 to 3 hours of self study. You then attend the one-day classroom training 0900-1630.  Normally followed by your exam on completion. Course dates are on the calendar otherwise contact us to discuss your options.


Whichever option you choose, you will receive the course pack containing the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) and your exam application form. The application form and Interactive Completion Certificate is required on the day of your exam.  This is evidence that you have completed any pre exam study satisfactorily at 1 or 2 above.  On the exam day you will need to pay £60 to the RYA for the practical and theory assessment.  This can be done by cheque, credit or debit card only - not cash!


‘OLD’ VHF LICENCE.  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 DSC equipment. This can be done by completing 1 or 2 above or, if you feel no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.






No previous practical VHF radio experience is required prior to the course.  The RYA VHF course book G31 will be sent on booking, for up to three hours of self study prior to the 1 day course and for use with the interactive option. Knowledge of the phonetic alphabet, channel allocation and distress will be highly beneficial.  Additional information is in the joining information.

Pens and notebooks are required.



The One Day Course:  0900 – 1630hrs followed by the exam process. Course completion time will depend upon the number of exam candidates on the day. We have decided to complete the course and exam in one day following your own self study as opposed to a two day course.  The Exam process is taken by an independent examiner/s and not your instructor.  Please note the practical and written exam process will take a short time to complete for each person.  The actual course completion time will vary for everyone depending upon course numbers.  This will be the same for each centre.



The exam will be arranged at the end of a full SRC day course with other exam candidates or on a mutually convenient day or at the PHSS Training Centre.  We will confirm the date and time with you. 


The exam process will include practical DSC radio operation and use, voice communications and a written paper.  It will take approximately 60 to complete for each person, up to 90 minutes including the radio set familiarisation for online candidates.  On the exam day you will need:


  1. Your Interactive Completion Certificate.  Without it you will not be eligible to take the exam.
  2. To complete the SRC Application Form, £60 payment direct to the RYA for the exam and licence.  This can be done by cheque, credit or debit card only.

      The examiner cannot accept cash on the day.
  3. A current passport photograph with the applicants name clearly printed on the reverse.


The VHF SRC Licence application is sent to the RYA via your VHF Examiner on successful completion of the exam.   The RYA will issue the SRC direct to you approximately three weeks after the exam.





Group bookings taken, courses can be run anywhere subject to terms and conditions, call for details.

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