RYA/MCA VHF-GMDSS Marine Short Range Radio Course – Classroom


It is a legal requirement and worthwhile to have a personal SRC licence if you are going out on the water and have a VHF (Very High Frequency) radio.

On this course you will be using, and talking about the latest in fixed and handheld VHF with DSC (Digital Selective Calling) radio units. You will learn about the correct channel usage, the correct Safety, Urgent and Distress procedures to use, and what is meant by GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System) and how it can help you out on the water.

Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam also includes a short written test. On completion of this course, you will be awarded your Licence.

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the operator’s licence required for all Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. The SRC is not suitable for those working on larger commercial craft were a more advanced qualification is demanded. The SRC is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats. To operate radios on foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority.

Course content

  • The basics of radio operation;
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used;
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures;
  • Making ship to shore telephone calls;
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators;
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS);
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB);
  • Search and Rescue (SART).

Marine Radio Assessment

For the last part of your classroom based training course you will take this 1 hour exam, split into a short written SRC/VHF Exam and then a practical SRC/VHF Exam.

To Book your Assessment CHICK HERE 

Only do this after booking your RYA course

Pre-course requirements:


Under 16s are encouraged to attend a course and may operate the radio under supervision. Once 16 years old they can take the exam to obtain the SRC Licence

Costs & Dates

Per Person
Price £95 + £60 Online payment direct to the RYA



09:00 –18:30


  • Saturday 31st March
  • Wednesday 18th April
  • Saturday 28th April
  • Wednesday 09th May
  • Saturday 26th May
  • Wednesday 13th June
  • Saturday 30th June
  • Wednesday 11th July
  • Saturday 28th July
  • Wednesday 08th August
  • Saturday 25th August
  • Wednesday 12th September
  • Saturday 29th September
  • Wednesday 17th October
  • Saturday 27th October
  • Wednesday 07th November
  • Saturday 24th November
  • Wednesday 05th December
  • Sunday 16th December