Posts tagged with "RYA"

Powerboating · 15. March 2019
Fancy being a commercial powerboat / RIB skipper? - here are the routes / courses you need to complete in order to gain the MCA/RYA Commercial qualification!
VHF Marine Radio · 19. December 2016

VHF Marine Radio · 02. May 2015
It is a legal requirement that anyone using a VHF radio (handheld or fixed) is qualified to do so. The only exception is in an emergency situation when anyone may use the radio to call for help. Why would I spend my money on doing a course and buying a VHF and not just use my mobile phone? Many mobile phone networks have poor coverage at sea It is illegal to operate a VHF without an operators licence You can only speak to one person on a mobile phone, when you transmit on a radio everyone...
VHF Marine Radio · 02. May 2015
Failure to hold a valid Ship Radio licence is a criminal offence and Ofcom's enforcement team can impose on the spot fines. The maximum penalty on conviction is a £5000 and/or a six month prison sentence. Find out more at

08. February 2015
Launching in March 2015 'RYA Safe & Fun' course will become a compulsory pre-requiste for new RYA Dinghy, Keelboat, Multihull and windsurf instructors and Senior instructors on the 1st April 2015. It will also be a compulsory qualification for RYA dinghy coach/assessors and windsurf trainers. For more information; visit our 'Safeguarding' page. If you would like to register your interest in the course or be notified when it is available please email
Sea Safety · 06. December 2014
The NCI has been allocated a licence by OFCOM for the use of channel 65. This will allow communication between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of matters. The facility was launched on 1/10/14 when NCI stations were to go live for the first time. Stations will beable to respond to requests from passing as well as local, sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks, weather and sea-state conditions. NCI stations will also be able to provide on request, information on a range of...

VHF Marine Radio · 27. November 2014
All coastal water users should consider what means of communication they leave the shore with, whether they intend to stay in close proximity or not. Whether the choice is a mobile phone (in a waterproof pouch), VHF and/or flares, it is once again apparent from the recent RNLI rescue detailed below why something so simple could save your life. Do remember you are legally required to hold a licence to operate a VHF - you can complete an online VHF course here. Read the link below about the...

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