A course for anyone going at sea on vessels equipped with a fixed or a handheld marine VHF radio. A marine radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard and it is very important to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) is a one day course and teaches the correct use of VHF for ship to ship and ship to shore communication, covering emergency situations and the new GMDSS regulations.

  1. Distress Situations
  2. Urgent situations
  3. Safety situation
  4. Routine communications

Course topics include:

  • 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)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators and Standard Horizon training radio stations. The exam will also include a short written test carried out by another SRC assessor.


One day: 10.00h to 18.00h plus a 30-60 minute exam at the end of the day.


• Learn the phonetic alphabet in advance

• Read the RYA VHF handbook before the course, this book is included in your course fee and we will give you the choice of receiving it in digital or printed format

Course materials:

  • A printed  VHF handbook.
  • Alternatively we can send you a code to download this content as an E-book.

PRICE: 150 €

Price Includes:

  • Use of our Standard Horizon VHF / DSC simulators and training radios
  • Use of our Navtex simulator
  • RYA VHF handbook
  • A full day’s training with an RYA Instructor
  • Tea/Coffee


  •  RYA SRC Exam fee  60 £ (payable to the assessor on the day)
  •  Lunch

The certificate has a lifetime validity!