Powerboat Training


RYA VHF/DSC radio - from £125 per person

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

Download and complete the license application here:

Bring this form along to the first day of the course.

This Course available from Menai Bridge or Conwy Marina

We have two training classrooms, one in Conwy and one in Menai Bridge. Courses are number dependent therefore if we have to swap the location of the course to suit tides/weather/numbers then this is part of the condition of booking. We will however do our best to keep the booking as booked.


1 day course, £125

Start DateEnd Date
1 day course and assessment60GBP needs to be paid to RYA