The RYA VHF Radio Operation SRC

(Short Range Certificate)

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. If you own or operate a marine radio hand held or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operator’s license. This course will teach you the basics of operating and understanding a VHF radio on board a vessel. To comply with requirement for RYA/MCA Practical exams you must hold a valid Radio operators certificate.

We use modified VHF training Radio’s produced by ICOM and SIMRAD. These have been modified so that transmissions are suppressed.

Pre-course requirements: None

This is an online course with a practical exam at Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School Classroom at Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town

Course Content includes:

  • How Radio works
  • Radio rules and regulations
  • Operating a marine VHF radio
  • VHF channels and channel allocations
  • Voice procedures
  • Calling and answering calls
  • Distress
  • Digital selective calling / Introduction and routine calls
  • DSC / Distress Urgency and Safety
  • Phonetic Alphabet
  • RYA SRC Assessment

On successful competition of the assessment candidates will be issued a RYA Short Range Operators License.


What to bring for the exam:

  • Course completion certificate
  • Application Form
  • Proof of payment made to the RYA for the Exam fees and certificate
  • 2x Passport sized photographs

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