RYA Short Range Certificate online course 


A marine VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board. Therefore it is vital to understand the correct procedures for using this radio system, avoiding confusing and unsuccessful transmissions, and if worst comes to worst being able to send out a Mayday or Urgency message.  If you own a marine VHF radio, hand held or fixed on the boat, you are required by law to hold an operator’s licence.





Course content

The RYA Marine VHF Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF GMDSS radio equipment on a vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The RYA Short Range Certificate issued in the UK is in line with other European countries as per the rules and regulations under CEPT (The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations).

Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam. This SRC course may be taken in a classroom or online.

There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.

Course subjects include:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • knowing 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 is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. 


Online course

The RYA Short Range Certificate online course gives you the opportunity to study at your own pace at your own location. This SRC/VHF Radio course uses lots of practical examples, helping you to learn how to practically use the VHF radio within the realm of maritime VHF regulations.

The course also includes a large variety of simulated real-life situations - both for routine and distress transmissions.

When you have completed your online course and when you feel ready,  you're welcome to book the SRC exam at our training centre in the Netherlands.


Ability after the course

Next to having become a skilled VHF operator, the SRC certificate is also one of the prerequisites for anyone wishing to apply for commercial endorsement of any of the following certificates:

  • Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Yachtmaster Offshore
  • Yachtmaster Coastal
  • Day Skipper practical, combined with an invigilated Day Skipper shorebase certificate
  • Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate (only if issued before 1st Jan 2005)
  • Powerboat Advanced Certificate of Competence
  • Powerboat level 2


What's included

  • Access to the RYA online SRC course
  • RYA VHF handbook
  • Remote access to our instructors to help you with queries during your course





Details of this course

Location:  The exams are organised at our training centres in the Netherlands and in Belgium


Duration :  The online course can be done at your own pace. The exam requires approximately 2 to 3 hours.


Assumed knowledge : None


Cost:   195 Euro for the online course

Please be aware the course fee does not include the licence fee - this is an addtional £70 payable directly to the RYA.


Availability: Online courses can be started at any time





Applying for your SRC exam and licence

After successful finishing the SRC online pre-assessment, you can apply for the examination and the GMDSS Short Range Certificate. The application costs £60, payable to the RYA.

Details of this course


Dates of exams at our training centre in Zeeland:  

  • 26 July
  • 7 September
  • 20 October
  • 16 November
  • 14 December

Please enquire for alternative dates for a private examination


Dates of exams at our training centre in the Brussels city area:  

  • 3 August
  • 15 September
  • 18 October
  • 17 November
  • 15 December

Please enquire for alternative dates for a private examination


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or do you prefer a classroom course ?

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For even more interaction with the instructor and contact with fellow students, we recommend taking a look at our shorebased classroom courses







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