VHF (SRC) Online Course
The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
It is obtained by successfully completing and SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses.
There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old or over on the day of the exam.
Course subjects include:
routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
ship to shore communication
practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
You will also be sent the RYA VHF Handbook via the 1st Class Post - to help you with the course and for future reference.
Once you have booked and paid for the course you will be contacted by email with your login information. This is not an automatic process and will be within 24 hours (Mon -Fri) of your booking.
Once you have completed the SRC training course you will be eligable to take the exam (if over 16 yrs old). The exam fee is £60 which gets paid directly to the RYA - and an appointment can be booked to take your exam at Preston Marina.