RYA Marine Radio SRC Classroom Course

RYA Marine Radio SRC Classroom Course

Temporary Coronavirus Marine Radio SRC Update:

All Participants must wear a mask indoors at all times.

Disinfectant Wipes will be provided and VHF training radio microphones will be covered.


A one day marine short range radio license course which is the minimum standard qualification by law in the UK needed to operate a marine VHF radio. The short range marine radio license is a classroom course with an SRC instructor and at the end of the one day course. Students complete the SRC with an independent SRC assessor and once successfully passing the SRC exam, a authority to operate certificate will be issued by the RYA in approximately 21 working days.

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. Without a radio operators certificate, a VHF radio may be monitored for safety purposes or used to summon assistance in a distress situation, but it may not be used
for general transmissions. These can only be made by a licensed operator or by someone under the direct supervision of a licensed operator, this is a legal requirement on a British Flagged boat.

If you hold the old VHF licence (pre-1999) and you operate a VHF with DSC (digital
selective calling) integrated then you need to complete an update course to be issued
with a new Short range certificate (SRC).

It teaches you the fundamentals of using a short range VHF either fixed or portable unit.

A great classroom course for those who have interests in boating or have completed an RYA Powerboat Level 2 course and anyone who owns a fixed or handheld radio.

Before you read any further, we also do the online marine radio course. Click here for more information.

What types of things are involved?

Operating a fixed DSC VHF set

Correct Channels (frequencies)

Phonetic Alphabet

Pro-words and safety alerts

regulations and licenses

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

Search and Rescue Procedures, system and kit (SART)

What is included?

RYA VHF Handbook

SRC Classroom Instructor

Hands On Fixed Training Radios

Beautiful Classroom facilities with chairs and tables

Classroom Course Timings

8:45 amMeet & Sign in at the Tucker’s Point Golf Club House with your U Sail VHF Instructor including checking booking administration + covid-19 items (safe keys, etc)
9:00amCourse Start
9:00- 10:00Introduction/ Review or Questions on 3 hour Pre-Study Introduction to fixed training radio sets and understanding how to use them and set up correctly. Types of communications and stations Practicing speaking and making a basic voice procedure between 2 vessels following set scripts  
10:00- 10:20Toliet Break/Refreshments Break
10:20- 11:20Quick Fire Recap Functionality of ship station equipment Knowledge of Radio frequencies and channels appropriate to VHF  
11:20- 11:30Quick Break/ Mask Break
11:30- 12:30DSC Introduction and usage
1:30-2:30Making a DSC Distress, Urgency and Safety Call
2:30-2:40Quick Break/Mask Break
2:40-3:40Protection of distress frequencies Search & Rescue Transponders The Navtex system
3:40-3:50Quick Break
3:50-4:30Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons Scenario Based Session with the Radios on making a mixture of calls using DSC function
4:30-5:00Continue Scenario Based Session with the Radios on making a mixture of calls using DSC function
5:00-5:15Questions/ Break
5:15 to 6:30Practical Exam & Theory Exam by an independent SRC examiner ** GBP 60 Exam Fee needs to be paid to the RYA before the day of the classroom course with the exam.

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