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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

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 (£70.00) - 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. 

Book this course

This is an online course so all you need to do is to select 'Book Now' and then pay and we will send your login details and instructions for taking the course. The login will arrive the next business day as we need to manually set you up for this course.


We're always really keen to chat to you when you’re booking a course as whilst we are happy to take bookings through this system for your convenience - nothing beats chatting about boats and courses!


Whilst this is an online course you will be prompted for a date,  just leave the date it gives you as it doesn't matter what date is selected. Select as many spaces as you need and then follow the booking process.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you book this course we need to MANUALLY set you up on the RYA Interactive system. This is the same for ALL RYA schools. We will set you up by close of play the next working day. We apologise for this delay but this is a RYA requirement and not down to us. :)

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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 (£70-00 payable to RYA directly)


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.

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. 

All of our online courses are delivered by our parent company - Powerboat Training UK.

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?

Recommended Reading

This book is included in your course fee

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