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 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 completed after the course)

Please remember to bring with you a Passport style photograph and the RYA SRC exam application form. refer to the RYA exam payment service link below

Course and exam fees

Course fees per person £90 payable to Seavoice Training.

The RYA SRC Exam fee is £60 and is paid to the RYA directly, the new system to pay for the exam is completed online via the link below, If for any reason you can not pay for the exam online you can contact the RYA on +44 (0) 2380 604158 between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday UK local time to arrange payment. An additional £10 fee is payable if using this service.




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.

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 require the following documents.

  1. The RYA SRC application form for the exam, please see the following support page for help on how to obtain the application form. https://www.seavoice-training.co.uk/support/arranging-paying-src-exam/  the exam payment is now made directly to the RYA Online, the fee for the exam is £60  Click Here to pay for your exam and obtain the application form.
  2. A recent Passport type photograph.
  3. If you have taken the VHF SRC Course online you will also need to bring the online pass certificate as a hard copy.

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.

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