RYA VHF - Marine Radio SRC Training Course & Exam

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range 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).

The qualification is obtained by successfully completing an 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.

The SRC course may be taken in a classroom or online through an RYA Recognised Training Centre. There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of 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)

The exam

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. The VHF SRC is also offered as an online learning course. The course comprises of a training module and a pre-exam knowledge check, which must be completed prior to the final exam, the exam must be done in person at the training centre. Please email us on [email protected] for further information regarding the online VHF SRC course and exam and to check the compatibility of your device and software.

Prices & Information

SRC Classroom Course Price
Mixed group £130 per person
Private course 1-3 students £435 total price
Private course 4-6 students £110 per person

One day course

The price is for the course only and does not include the exam fee which is payable to the RYA direct.

A minimum of 2 candidates is required for a course to run.

Courses are available to book online on the 2nd Saturday in May & the 2nd Saturday in November, other dates may be available on request.


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