Online RYA VHF/SRC (Short range certificate) Marine Radio Course:

VHF Marine Radio Course:

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:

Free Taster (click below):

Whats involved?

This course can be taken as an online 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 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 Beacons (EPIRBS)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)


Course duration: 4-8 hours (online)         

RYA VHF/SRC Marine radio online course


  • Available
  • Shipping Time: 1-3 days1

You are strongly advised to 'try the taster before you buy the course' to ensure that the device you intend to complete the course on is compatible.

If you opt for the eBook please download the free RYA books app to check compatibility before you pay for your course

No refunds can be issued for incompatible devices. 

Whats included: 

  • The online course
  • Support from an RYA VHF Instructor
  • Course pack including RYA VHF handbook (G31) or eBook
  • Learning worksheets

Whats not included:

  • SRC Exam & certificate fee (£60-00 payable to RYA directly)

Use of your personal data:

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 3 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access

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.

We will mail your course pack, but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.

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 your instructor.

On successful completion of your course, download your course completion certificate - See here

Book your SRC exam.

Whats involved in the exam?

Computer requirements & Technical support:

Check your computer meets the following requirements:

Minimum requirements: 

  • Internet connection (WiFi or 3G)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Netbooks are NOT supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
  • iPads & android tablets are now supported!

Technical support:

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive website.

Mac 2008 models or above with OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above.

PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) processor with 512 MB RAM sound card.

Recommended reading:

Boating Books

This book is included in your course fee

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