RYA VHF / SRC marine Radio Classroom Course Poole

RYA VHF Course Poole

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

Without a radio operators certificate, a VHF radio may be monitored for safety purposes or used to summon assistance in a distress situation, but it may not be used for general transmissions. These can only be made by a licenced operator or by someone under the direct supervision of a licenced operator, this is a legal requirement on a British Flagged boat. 

If you hold the old VHF licence (pre-1999) and you operate a VHF with DSC (digital selective calling) integrated then you need to complete an update course to be issued with a new Short range certificate (SRC). 

Find out more about the Marine Radio (SRC) course on the RYA website.

Duration:  1 day (7-8hrs) + theory/practical assessment (Duration: approx 1-2hrs)

Prior knowledge: Up to 3 hours guided self-learning

Minimum age: 12

Under 16's: Will recieve a Certificate of Competency on successful completion of the course. When they turn 16 they will beable to take the theory & practical assessment in order to gain their Authority to Operate radio licence, they will not need to repeat the course. 

Certificate valid for: Life

Maximum classroom course size: 8

Before continuing reading this page may wish to consider looking at the online RYA VHF course?

Though there are lots of benefits to attending the classroom VHF course, you may wish to look at the online course? Not only has the RYA VHF Online course won two gold awards for eLearning it is both more time efficient (online course 4-8hrs vs. classroom course 8hrs), less expensive (online £65 vs classroom £100), doesn't have 'set dates' you need to attend and gives you the choice to complete it at your own pace. Our RYA VHF instructors are still available at the end of the phone, Skype and email if you have any questions as you go through the online course. The RYA Online course has now been available for coming up to 5 years and 'to date' the feedback from our clients regarding this course has been 100% positive. Learn more by clicking here: RYA VHF / SRC Online Course

Information about the RYA VHF Classroom Course
RYA VHF Classroom.pdf
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What's Involved?

  • Operating a VHF/DSC set
  • Correct frequencies (channels to be used)
  • Rules, regulations and licences
  • Phonetic alphabet & pro-words
  • Routine, Urgency, Distress alerts & Calls
  • Safety alerts
  • Search & Rescue procedures, systems & kit (SART)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

What you need to bring:

  • Pen & Paper
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Any pre-course work you have done

RYA VHF/SRC classroom Course Fees, poole

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Classroom Course  Duration   Course Fee inc.VAT (excluding exam fee)

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 2 people

1 day £180.00 (2 people = £90.00pp)

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 3 people

1 day £255.00 (3 people = £85.00pp)

RYA  VHF/SRC Marine Radio for  4 people

1 day £320.00 (4 people = £80.00pp)

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio for 5 people

1 day £375.00 ( 5 people = £75.00pp)

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio for 6 people

1 day £420.00 (6 people = £70.00pp)

RYA VHF / SRC Classroom courses dates & booking:

other classroom course dates:

Our friends at Dorset Marine Training, Poole also have regular RYA VHF Classroom Course dates so should our dates not suit your schedule please contact Dom and Sarah at Dorset Marine Training directly on 01202 901267 it would be great if you could mention that you picked up their details via our website :) Alternatively you can book directly on their website at: https://dorsetmarinetraining.co.uk/events/event/vhf-src-marine-radio-course/

Dorset Marine Training RYA VHF Classroom Course Dates:

7th March 8th May
13th March  16th May
28th March 29th May
9th April  5th June
18th April  13th June
24th April  19th June

private rya vhf/src marine radio course

We can also run private RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Courses for you and your friends, family or crew at our base in Poole on any mutually viable date. 

We will charge one flat rate for any number of students from 1 - 8. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it becomes for you!

What's Included?

  • A qualified and experienced RYA VHF/SRC Instructor and a seperate RYA SRC Assessor for your examination.
  • VHF training sets
  • RYA VHF Handbook (1 per person)
  • Relevant course materials and teaching aids
  • Assessment papers
  • Use of our classroom & facilities in Poole, Dorset
  • Tea/Coffee

What you need to provide: 

  • Packed Lunch / Snacks / Cold Drinks
  • Completed SRC Exam Course Application + Exam/VHF certificate Fee (£60.00pp payable to RYA directly)

Looking for a private course? Please click below

Group / Families / Crew & club Course Bookings @ your location

We specialise in running training for clubs, training centres and groups where we bring the training courses to you (any UK location).

We charge one flat rate + mileage (at government rates for those located outside of a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset) for any number of students from 1-10. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it is for you! 

Private Course Fees (at your location) Course Fee
1- 4 students £450-00
5 - 6 students £500-00
7 - 8 students  £550-00
9 - 10 students £600-00

What do you need to provide?

Quite simply; a classroom or dry teaching area with adequate space for the number of students on the course, some chairs and a whiteboard.


What we provide for the full course & assessment:

  • A qualified and experienced RYA VHF/SRC Instructor and a seperate RYA SRC Assessor for your examination.
  • VHF training sets
  • RYA VHF Handbook (1 per person)
  • Relevant course materials and teaching aids
  • Assessment paper

What's not included? 

  • RYA VHF Exam / Certificate Fee: £60.00pp Payable to RYA directly 



On successful completion of the assessment (practical & written paper) the VHF application form will be sent to the RYA along with your passport photo and certificate fee. The RYA certification department will then post your RYA VHF certificate directly to you. 

The operators licence (Short Range Certificate) you will receive is for Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. It is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats, but to operate a radio on a foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority. 

Pre-course Reading

Regulations require that an SRC course is 10 hours in duration, this includes up to 2-3 hours of guided self-learning, thus shortening the classroom course to 8 hours, which is then managed in a single day. 

It is necessary for you to go through the items we advise prior to your course, in order for you to get the most out of your day. 

VHF pre-course reading
VHF pre-course reading.pdf
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Recommended Reading

There are also books available that support the course - if you would like some reference material then the RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) has all the course notes in it. If you are considering just completing the exam without any tuition that we would recommend that your purchase the VHF Syllabus & Sample questions book - these can all be purchased from the RYA shop by clicking the link below. 

This book is included in your course fee.

Further information on Licencing onboard electronics: 

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