RYA Marine Radio (VHF/SRC)


£95 (Course Only)

£70 Exam Fee (Payable directly to the RYA)



The course is 1 Day with the Exam taking place at the end of that same day (1-1.5 hours)


Course Information

This 1 day Short Range Radio Certificate (VHF) is the minimum qualification required by law, for the operation of VHF and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios in the UK.
You will cover topics like:
  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) used for each type of communication
  • distress, emergency, and medical assistance procedures
  • ship-to-shore communication
  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
During the course, you will use training radio sets and spend as much time as possible using them.


Handbooks and Pre-Course Reading

You will receive your RYA VHF book in the post prior to the course start date provided that the course booking was made when there is sufficient time before the course start date to allow the book to arrive. The joining instructions email upon booking this course will let you know what pre-course reading is required. 

If there is limited time to the course start date from the day of booking, posting the RYA VHF book will not be an option. RYA VHF books can always be collected from Bristol Maritime Academy before the course.



On completion of the course, we will have arranged for an independent examiner to be available, allowing you to take your exam while all the information is fresh. This takes place the same day, straight after the course has been completed. 

Please ensure you have registered for your SRC Exam, directly with the RYA. By completing this online application Here. You will receive an RYA Exam Report Card from the RYA after paying the RYA on their website for the exam. 

Please note, you must bring a printed copy of the RYA EXAM REPORT CARD with you on the day, or you will not be able to sit the exam.


Course Details


Assumed Ability: None

Ability after the course: Able to use a non-DSC, and DSC VHF Radios competently

Minimum Age: 16+ (on the day of the exam)

Exam Type / Duration: A combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios and GMDSS Equipment. This exam takes place straight after the course. 

Max. Instructor / Student Ratio: 1:8

Please select your course date and venue in the calendar below