RYA VHF Radio Course
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Marine Radio (SRC)
A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British-flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand-held equipment using international channels.
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 attending this one-day course.
The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.
We need a minimum of 3 students to run the course, maximum 8 students.
There is some preparatory work to do so book your place at least 8 days prior so we can post joining instructions, pre-work and textbook to you. The course will be held either in New Quay Yacht Club or the Marine Wildlife Centre; you will be sent details once the date is booked.
You need to be at least 16 years old.
The Course fee is £95 per person, the RYA certificate costs £70.
VHF courses are conducted by Making Way Marine Training who are RYA-accredited.
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)
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