VHF Radio

The Short-Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required by law for anyone using fixed or handheld marine radio equipment.
The VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on-board a small craft. It is important to note that any person operating a VHF radio without the correct certification is liable for prosecution and can have the equipment confiscated. From January 2014, the RYA/MCA VHF Marine Radio Licence, can now be taken as an Online Course. You can sign up for the Online Course and start immediately. The online course consists of:

1. History of GMDSS
2. How To Use Radios

3. Phonetic Alphabet

4. Routine Calling

5. Mayday & Pan-Pan

6. Maritime Safety Information


8. Licencing Requirements

9. Forbidden Transmissions

10. Secrecy Declaration Form

The Online VHF Radio Course should take around 4-6 hours in total for you to complete.

Once you have completed it, there will be a short online knowledge test, where you can download your Online Pass Certificate, and unique Pass Certificate Number

You then need to attend our Training Centre at Hartlepool Marina to complete a short practical assessment using our training VHF Radio Equipment. This takes around 45 minutes which includes about 15 minutes of practising time with a friendly & knowledgeable RYA Instructor/Assessor, on-hand to answer any questions you may have.


To book this course please contact our office via email  [email protected] or phone 01429 865 744  who will set up an online account and register you for the course on. When this is done you will be able to access the course from the email we send you. An instructor will be on hand to help with queries during the course

COST: Online Theory Course £120. Practical Exam £60 (payable direct to RYA )
Includes: RYA VHF Handbook worth £14.49

Course Location: This is an online course, however practical assessments take place at Hartlepool Marina, UK

*If you have not booked your online SRC/VHF course through us you are still welcome to attend one of our exam days at a cost of £30. Your exam fee of £60 is still payable to the RYA.

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