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RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC)
A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.
The Short Range Certificate 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.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
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 or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.
Course topics include:
The course will be taught using training radios, each stundent being provided with there own radio for duration of course.
This will be examined by a short written test and practical assement after the course by an instructor who did not teach you.