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VHF SRC Course and Exam - London & Gosport

The VHF Radio Operators SRC (short range certificate) is a legal requirement for the operation of VHF radios in the UK and many other countries. It can be obtained by:

1: Attending a recognised training course. Either the RYA on-line interactive course, or a one day classroom-based course. These courses are designed to take about 10 hours which includes some background reading from the course book.


2: Completing an assessment with a registered RYA/Ofcom Assessor (see below). (minimum age for assessment is 16 yrs).  The exam can take place as part of the course and exam day or 1:1 with an assessor on a date of your choosing.

So, your options would be:
  • attend a scheduled course and exam day
  • complete the RYA interactive course online and book a 1:1 exam with one of our assessors in London
  • complete the RYA Interactive course online and book a 1:1 exam with one of our assessors in Gosport (this could be at the beginning or end of a practical course with us)
  • complete the RYA Interactive course online and then come to the exam part of one of our scheduled course and exam days.
Different charges apply - please see below or call to find out. 

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Our guarantee is that we won't give up on you: in the unlikely event that you fail or can't complete one of our RYA courses, you can resit or rejoin another at NO EXTRA COST (includes practical courses up to Day Skipper and all theory courses less exam fees where applicable) (*see Terms & Conditions).

RYA VHF SRC Interactive Course

Course Information

  •     RYA VHF SRC Course Handbook
  •     Postage & Packaging of the above
  •     Classroom Course : 8 hrs with simulator radios  and GMDSS Equipment
  •     Interactive Course : download of the award winning software
Download a free sample of the software and try out the interactive course here.

Not Included:
  •     VHF licence fee (£70) payable to the RYA in advance via RYA Webpage
Topics for this course include:  (review the full syllabus)

  •     The basics of radio operation
  •     The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  •     Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  •     Making ship to shore telephone calls
  •     Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  •     Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  •     Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  •     Search and Rescue (SART)
We run our theory courses at the following locations:
Minimum age 16 yrs.

You will need to bring a passport photograph to the exam in order to complete your application on passing the assessment.

How do I Book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information.

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Great to get 'hands-on' experience on the radios. Great instructor, great group. Had lots of fun and got my ticket
Good comprehensive coverage of this subject.  Much more confident now to go out there and use the radio.
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