Powerboat Training


Marine Radio (SRC)

The RYA Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by British law to use a VHF and/or a VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radio / equipment on any British flagged vessel fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held Radios using International channels.

The vhf radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board any boat and it is important to understand how they work and to use the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could for example block out a Mayday distress call.

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 communication
  • 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 is taught on one day and generally examined the following day. The exam will also include a short written test.

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. To upgrade a Restricted VHF licence to a GMDSS Short Range Certificate contact us now


Additional Requirements

When you have completed and passed the online course you will receive an online certificate. You will also need to follow the link to and pay the RYA directly for the actual license (£60).
Please then contact Seawake to arrange the actual exam.

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VHF SRC Classroom course