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 1hr)

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



What does the course involve?

  • 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 Course Fees (at our location in poole):

We 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!

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

Private VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 1 - 2 people

1 day £250.00 (2 people = £125.00pp)

Private VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 3 - 4 people

1 day £440.00 (4 people = £110.00pp)

Private VHF/SRC Marine Radio for up to 5- 6 people

1 day £570.00 (6 people = £95.00pp)

Private VHF/SRC Marine Radio for up to 7 - 8 people

1 day £680.00 ( 8 people = £85.00pp)

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)

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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 

 



Certificates:

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. 

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VHF pre-course reading
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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 RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) and the Syllabus & Sample questions book - these can all be purchased from the RYA shop by clicking the link below. 

Boating Books
RYA VHF Radio Book
RYA VHF Radio Book
RYA Short Range Certificate Syllabus & sample exam questions
RYA Short Range Certificate Syllabus & sample exam questions

This book is included in your course fee.



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