RYA VHF Radio Course (SRC) and same day exam.

RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Short Range Certificate Course

At Seavoice Training, we firmly believe that correct procedures including a ‘hands-on’ approach could save you or your crew’s lives during a critical Mayday situation.

Think of the Marine DSC VHF Radio as your lifeline to the Maritime Emergency Services. Remember also that it’s a legal requirement for someone on board your vessel to have the Short Range Certificate, if you’re going to operate a Marine VHF Radio.

The training time for this course has been increased to 10 hours with a separate examination making the classroom based course longer in duration – 2 hours home study using the course pack and VHF Radio Handbook (R-G31) or eBook and 8 hours classroom tuition (Blended Learning).

The Course

Learn on the most up to date ICOM DSC Marine Radio Simulators

During the course, you will be taught to use the latest fixed and handheld ICOM VHF Marine Radio Simulators. You will also be assessed on a practical and theory examination paper with an independent appointed RYA Assessor so it is advisable that you learn the phonetic alphabet and have a good understanding of the Mayday procedures before commencing this course.

RYA VHF Radio course students

Start time for classroom based course tuition 9 am – 4 pm

RYA SRC Exam – Same day (to be completion after the course)

Please remember to bring with you – your completed SRC Application form / SRC Exam payment form including your Passport Photograph and examination payment of £60 payable to the RYA (please see the notes on the application form for further details).

Course fees:

Course fees per person £85

RYA SRC exam £60 payable to the RYA

RYA VHF Radio course packs:        vhf-book

Please choose from the Printed Material or an eBook when you make your booking.

Option 1: The RYA VHF Radio Handbook (R-G31) including the SRC Application Form will be posted out to you.

Option 2: Download the RYA VHF Radio Handbook (VE-G31) eBook format with a redemption code from us.

Please download and print out the SRC Application form and SRC Exam payment form, you will require both forms when you take the final RYA SRC exam.

On your successful completion of the VHF Radio course and assessment, we will forward your SRC Application form for a VHF Marine Radio Certificate of Competence to the Royal Yachting Association Certification Department. Please note that it can take up to 21 working days for the RYA to administer and post out your license. The RYA offer a fast track service, please see our FAQ’s for further information.

You can also make a postal booking by downloading the Booking Form if you prefer to pay by cheque or BACS. Please return the completed booking form via email (scanned copy) or by post.

Course booking payments can be made securely via credit/debit card (Stripe) or via bank transfer (BACS)

Classroom based courses are run from venues in Southport, Liverpool, Merseyside and Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Terms and Conditions


Course Syllabus:

  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using modern ICOM marine radio simulators.
  • Distress, Urgency, Safety and Routine RT Procedures.
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Making ship to shore and ship to ship calls.
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
  • The basics of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used.
  • Ships Radio Licencing (Ofcom)
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS)


The pass mark is 60% both on the online pre-exam knowledge and the final RYA theory exam paper.

If you fail to reach the marks required to pass the RYA VHF Radio exam paper, you will be offered a exam resit. The resit will be within 6 weeks of the course date. The RYA fee for the resit is £15 payable to the RYA, this will be collected from you before you can take the resit exam.

The minimum age for the VHF SRC exam is 16 years old.

For a small additional charge, the RYA can guarantee a 2 working day turnaround from the date they receive the application. If you require this service, please clearly mark the application form “FAST TRACK” and add £30.00 to the total payment if you are not a RYA Member, £20.00 if you are a standard member and £10.00 if you are a Gold member. These fees are to be paid directly to the RYA and not Seavoice Training.

To cancel a booking, we require at least 7 calendar days’ notice before the commencement of the course. Bookings can only be cancelled in writing either by phone or email. Course deposit payments are non-returnable.

We will endeavor to find you a placement on a future course.

In the event of an emergency cancellation, we require at least 24 hours’ notice by telephone 01704 571903/07704 143747.

Yes, you can upgrade the restricted Marine VHF Radio licence. You can now book the new format SRC examination direct but it is advisable that you take some refresher training before attending the examination, i.e. take the online course or a classroom course.

If you have chosen the RYA VHF Radio eBook option, we will send you an email with full instructions on how to redeem the eBook. For further information, please see our support page.

You will need 3 documents the RYA SRC Exam application form and the SRC payment form If you are taking the final SRC Exam with another RYA Training centre you will also need to pass them the SRC eligibility and report card, we will post this form out to you.

Please download these forms and complete, include a Passport Quality photograph remembering to sign and date the back of the photograph. Please bring a cheque payment of £60 made payable to the “RYA” or enter your Credit card details onto the SRC Payment form.

If you can not print off these forms please let us know so we can supply you with the forms on the day of the exam.

Please note if for any reason you want to change to the hard copy VHF radio handbook we charge a £10.25p fee and £2.50 post and package that would be invoiced to you directly.

We can run the RYA VHF Radio course for 1 person (1 to 1) this would take place at 1 of our venues and the price would be £250 for the course and £60 for the RYA SRC exam.

Course Overview

1 Day


Date: 11th Feb 2018
Time: 9:00-18:00
Location: Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive,
Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RY United Kingdom

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