Marine Radio Short Range Certificate


Pre Course Experience None
Assumed knowledge Recommended: knowledge of the phonetic alphabet
Price £75 (fee of £60 payable to the RYA via the RYA website)
Duration 1 day
Minimum Age No minimum age.
Course content includes
  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)

The course will be taught using training radios.

Assessment short written test and practical
RYA Fees Additional fee of £60 payable to the RYA for the exam and issue of a VHF Radio Licence
Course Dates Contact us for dates of forthcoming courses
How to book Call us on (01656) 880033 or email us to book your course.


A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

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.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.

This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

At the end of the one day course you have the option to take the examination at the centre or take the examination at a centre of your choice. The additional fees are for the examination and issue of the licence.

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