If you operate a marine VHF radio on a British flagged boat you are legally required to hold an operators licence, unless under the supervision of a qualified operator. The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the operators licence required for Class D radios including hand held vhf radios fitted with DSC the type used by most leisure craft.
SRC VHF Radio courses are conducted by RYA training centres on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency MCA and the syllabus conforms to the requirements of the International and European Telecommunications Unions.
You must be 16 years of age or older to take the RYA VHF Radio course and examination from January 2014
The SRC is not suitable for those working on larger commercial vessels, where a more advanced qualification is demanded.
The SRC is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boat. To operate radios on foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority.
Pre Course Reading:
Once you have purchased your RYA VHF Radio course with Seavoice Training the RYA VHF Radio handbook (R-G31) or eBook will be posted / emailed out to.
Before coming on the course you must have a good working knowledge of the Phonetic Alphabet and also a good understanding of Distress procedures using DSC and voice.
M – MAYDAY
I – Identity
P – Position
D – Distress
A – Assistance
N – Number
I – Information
O – Over
FREE – VHF Radio procedure cards:
Download VHF Mayday Distress cards – DSC
Download VHF Mayday Relay Card – DSC
Download VHF Urgency Pan Pan – DSC
Download VHF Routine calling – Voice
Download VHF Routine calling – DSC
We also recommend that you read up on the Marine VHF Radio protocols, we have the following publications we recommend available.
Purchase and download a VHF radio procedure card only £2.50