Thinking about taking the RYA VHF Radio course in a classroom? there have been some recent changes on how the course is instructed and finally examined.

Firstly if you are going to take the course over 1 full day in the Training centre you will need to have completed pre course work ( Blended learning) we send out a VHF Radio handbook with a question paper that you must hand in fully completed on the day of the course to the SRC examiner.

If the centre you have chosen doesn’t send you pre course work and you are taking the VHF Radio course over 1 day I would suggest you contact the training centre and ask if they have any pre course work if not contact RYA Training in Southampton phone 023 8060 4181

The course itself should cover the full RYA SRC Syllabus and should last 8 hours.

The final SRC exam is conducted by an independent RYA SRC Assessor/examiner, they will sit you for the SRC theory exam paper which they can choose from 5 exam papers, the theory paper is timed at 30 mins.

Side A of the exam paper is about Prowords – Distress protocol

Side B of the exam paper is multiple chose and can be on any part of the syllabus.

The exam paper is marked by a strict RYA marking policy so please make sure you have read all the questions on the paper correctly before you answer the question.

The second part of the SRC exam is practical, the SRC Examiner will give you radio training exercise in:

  • Switch on the set and set the volume and squelch controls.
  • Make a routine call by voice
  • Make a routine call to another station via DSC and voice.
  • Make an all ships urgency call using DSC and voice communications.
  • Make a DSC Distress Alert followed by a Distress message via voice on VHF 16
  • Q&A on GMDSS equipment

This part of the SRC exam takes approx 30 minutes depending on students on the exam.

Routine call via VHF 16 by voice


The SRC Examiner will let you know at the end of the SRC exam if you have been successful or not if for any reason you do not pass with the required marks on either the theory paper or practical section you will be offered a resit.

Please be aware you must do some pre-course reading/learning before the course and to read carefully the question in the theory exam paper, this has been the main reason people have failed the exam in the past.

To book the RYA VHF Radio course with Seavoice training please see our website or contact this office on 01704 539578 to discuss your training options.

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