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VHF SRC Online Course and Examination

RYA VHF SRC Examination (online and practical exam)

This is a RYA VHF course online for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

The Marine Radio VHF (Short Range Certificate) online course costs £69 or £49 for members of Carsington Sailing Club. A fee of £70 is payable to the RYA for the exam application form.

Total cost £69+ £70 = £139 Non -Members

Total Cost £49 + £70 = £119 Members of Carsington Sailing Club


A marine radio is an important piece of safety equipment to have on board and it is vital to understand the correct operational procedures. Unnecessary radio transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The Short-Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

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. This can be done by completing this course and taking your final exam.




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 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)

This RYA VHF Radio course online course can be undertaken at the candidates own pace in the comfort of their own home. The course is web-based and compatible with PC, Mac, iPads and Android tablets.


The cost of the Online course is £69 or £49 for Carsington Sailing Club members (including a copy of the RYA VHF Handbook, shown opposite, worth £17.99).

Once successfully completed on line, the candidate will download a completion certificate. The candidate then books and pays the RYA on their website a fee of £70 for the classroom exam. This will then make the candidate eligible to take the SRC exam which is held at Carsington Sailing Club.

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