RYA Online VHF Radio Course
The RYA VHF Radio Online Course can be taken on your PC, Mac or iPad letting you learn at your own pace in your own time anywhere worldwide.
This course is for anyone who owns a Marine VHF Fixed or Handheld set. The Marine VHF Radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard, understanding the correct procedures when operating the VHF Radio is vital and could save you or your crews’ lives.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control or operate the VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged leisure vessels voluntarily fitted with a fixed or handheld Marine VHF Radio.
Once you have purchased the course and we have sent you your username and password, you can then start the course. The course is compatible with PC, Mac and iPads.
You will get plenty of realistic practice using the inbuilt interactive VHF DSC Radio Simulator to make Routine, Urgency, Safety and Distress digital selective calls before you are tested at a RYA Training Centre for the final practical examination.
RYA VHF Radio course packs
Option 1: The RYA VHF Radio Handbook (SRCP1) including the SRC Application Form will be posted out to you.
Option 2: Download the RYA VHF Radio Handbook (E-G31) eBook format (free of charge) with a redemption code from us.
NB. Please let us know what option (Printed Material or eBook) you want when making your booking.
How to redeem your eBook
If you choose the eBook option, we will email you the redemption code.
To redeem go to www.rya.org.uk/go/redeem and enter your name, email address and the redemption code (exactly as it appears) and then follow the instructions which will follow in an email.
You will then receive an email with further instructions and login details for you to use in the RYA Books app. It also includes information on where to download the app, how to log in and how to download the eBook.
You will need to view the eBook within the RYA Books app using your tablet, smartphone or computer. Please visit our support page www.rya.org.uk/go/app for more details on available platforms and other useful information.
Please see our support page for further information
Logging into RYA e-learning
When you have signed up and paid for the course, you will be emailed your course joining instructions and a username and password. You will be asked to complete your user profile, you will then be able to proceed to the RYA Online VHF Radio Course.
How to access the RYA e-learning course
Proceed to the RYA e-learning course homepage and download the course programme onto your PC, Mac or iPad.
Wait until the training course programme has fully downloaded and you see the RYA VHF Radio icon on your screen. Click the icon and you will be requested to enter your username and password.
Complete all the course modules in the course before you proceed to step 2, remember you can always go back to the course modules to revise at any time.
Pre-exam knowledge check
25 multiple choice questions. You must achieve a minimum score of 60% to pass this section.
VHF/DSC Pre-exam knowledge check – Student YouTube review below.
Pre-exam knowledge certificate
On successful completion of the Pre-exam knowledge check, you may download the certificate and take this with you when you sit the RYA Short Range Certificate exam, as the examiner will require this to complete your application form for your licence.
RYA SRC Exam
After you have completed the online course, you are now ready to take the RYA Short Range Certificate exam. This is taken at a RYA Training Centre that runs the RYA Short Range Certificate courses, the RYA fee for the exam is £60 payable to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) on the day of your exam.
You will need to take with you the following:
- Download / Print – SRC Application form
- Download / Print – SRC Exam payment form
- SRC Exam eligibility and report card. (We will post this out)
- A Passport type photograph
If you are taking the final SRC exam with another Training Centre other than Seavoice Training, we will require knowing who you will be taking the final SRC exam with, ie the Training centre name and if possible the the date of the SRC exam as we have to send the final SRC report form direct to the RYA Training centre.
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Please note: If you do not live close to our RYA Training SRC exam centre, we will email you a RYA search result of all RYA SRC Training Centres in your area/postcode that can provide you with the final RYA SRC Practical face to face exam.
Please be aware that some centres may not be able to take you for your final exam at short notice or may have to have a group of students to run the examination.
We accept payment by credit/debit cards via (Stripe secure card payment) or via a bank transfer (BACS)
Course Syllabus covers:
About Marine Radio
- How the Radio works
- Using the Radio
- Distress Calling
- Urgency and Safety Calling
- Rules and Licensing
- Interactive VHF DSC Radio Simulator practice scenarios
The Online RYA VHF Radio course will also come with a Marine Radio Simulator inbuilt so you can practise using the Marine VHF Radio interactively.
The course has the following requirements:
- A good internet connection WI-FI or 3G 4G Charges may apply 3G/4G
- Screen resolution 1024 x 768
- Microphone, speakers or headset
- Platform minimum requirements:
- MAC 2008 models or above, Intel processor, OS X10.7 (Lion) or Higher
- PC- Windows Vista 32-bit, Service Pack 2, 1GHz 32 bit (x86) processor, 512MB RAM, Sound card
- Also now available on iPads
Once the course has been downloaded onto your computer or iPad, you can take the course modules offline. You will need to return online to take Part 2 the pre-exam knowledge check by returning to the RYA online course page via this link RYA Online website
How will I know the Online VHF Radio course will work on my computer?
Yes, you can try the RYA Taster course via this link RYA VHF Radio Taster course.
How do I pay for the Online VHF Radio course?
You can make payment for the Online RYA VHF Radio course by the following methods.
- Online via credit / debit cards via a secure payment (Stripe)
- By a bank transfer (BACS) * Please download our shorebased-course-booking-form that has the BACS details.
- You can send us a cheque made payable to Seavoice Training, please download the shorebased booking form and return it with the payment.
Once I have booked the Online RYA VHF Radio course, can I start the course straight away?
When we have received your course booking, you will receive an order confirmation email. We will then send you further course instructions (Ticket) and you’ll receive your course access Username and Password. Once we have enrolled you onto the RYA interactive site, we aim to get you started as soon as possible during office hours 09:00am – 18:00hrs Monday – Saturday.
I have completed the Online SRC course, where can I take the final face to face SRC exam?
This depends on where you are located, you can take the final SRC exam with us at Seavoice Training or you can take the SRC exam with any RYA Training Centre worldwide that offers the course. Click here to search for a local RYA exam centre.
Please note: If you plan to take the final SRC Face to face exam with another RYA Training centre could you please let us know via phone 01704 571903 or via email so we can send the relevant exam report form to your chosen RYA Training exam centre.
How do I redeem the VHF Radio eBook?
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.
What documents / forms do I need to complete to take the SRC Exam?
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.
I have ordered the VHF Radio ebook and want to change it to the hard copy instead, can this be done?
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.