Online RYA VHF/SRC (Short range certificate) Marine Radio Course

Course Aim

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and DSC equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and handheld sets. 

Course Overview

Free Taster (click below)

You are strongly advised to 'try the taster before you buy the course' to ensure that the device you intend to complete the course on is compatible.

No refunds can be issued for incompatible devices.

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Online Course Information ©

The Process: 

Step 1) Sign up / purchase online RYA VHF/SRC Course (below)

Step 2) Complete online course & download certificate 

Step 3) Sign up for SRC 'face to face' exam - See here

Step 4) Pay RYA VHF/SRC Exam fee - See here

Step 5) On passing your exam your application form will be sent to the RYA

Step 6) RYA HQ will post your RYA VHF/SRC Certificate directly to you. 

What's Involved?

This course can be taken as an online course (or as a classroom course), however one of our RYA instructor's is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but we can also offer Skype/Zoom chats at pre-arranged times. 


The Course Covers:

  • Basic radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Ship to shore calls
  • Digital Selective calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)


Course Duration: 4-8 hours (online)         

The course access will expire after a period of 6 months from sign-up. 

Online RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course with eBook

What's Included?

  • RYA VHF Online Course
  • Support from a VHF instructor 
  • eBook RYA VHF Handbook

What's Not Included?

Face to Face SRC Exam & certificate fee (£60-00 payable to RYA directly)

*Pls check eBook compatibility before selecting this option by downloading the RYA Books app on your device. 

  • Pls Note: 

    Once we have received your payment, we will create a login for you at the latest by the end of the next working day and email you the details, as soon as you've received these you can start your course.


How Does It All Work?

Once you've recieved your login information email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we send you.

Carry out the online course at a pace to suit you.

If you have any questions at any stage about the course content, simply email our team.

On successful completion of your course, download your course completion certificate - See here

Book your SRC exam.

What's Involved In The Exam?

Computer Requirements & Technical Support

Check your computer meets the following:

  • Internet connection (WiFi or 3G)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Netbooks are NOT supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser.
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones.
  • Pop-ups enabled

Technical Support

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive website.

  • Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox
  • iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.
  • PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.

Recommended Reading

This book is included in your course fee

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Course Access / Expiry

The course will be accessible to complete or go back and review for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase. 

Use Of Your Personal Data

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 3 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access

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