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RYA/MCA SRC VHF RADIO – Book any other course and get 50% off the VHF course

The RYA/MCA SRC VHF RADIO Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing and SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre.

Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses. When booking a SRC course the RYA training centre will give you details of the time and location for the exam.

Course subjects include:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • ship to shore communication
  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
RYA VHF Radio course

Students receive an RYA / MCA VHF short range certificate which will last them for life. It is a legal requirement to have one of these if you intend to use a VHF radio on a vessel that has been fitted with one.

1 DAY – 09:00 TO 17:00 PLUS EXAM



  • Extensive hand outs
  • Refreshments including sweets and biscuits
  • Use of training sets for real feel practice
  • RYA VHF Handbook worth £15.49


Poole, Dorset


The exam is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of the exam.

Please click on the link below to access the free pre course learning. It will give you a great head start before the course and includes:

  1. The pheonetic alphabet
  2. The different times of radio call
  3. The different VHF channels and their use