RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (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). We offer access to the online course through the RP Coastal Centre at Northney Marina, which is an RYA registered training centre. 


Course Requirements

No experience or qualifications are required to register for this course, but participants must be at least 16 years of age.


Course Aims

The course will help participants understand how to operate marine VHF equipment so that they can operate safely in a range of craft and meet the minimum requirements for operating such equipment.

Course Costs

Registration for the online course course costs £55.00 and is payable upon booking. A further £69 is payable to the RYA upon booking fo the exam.


Course Content

The RYA Short Range Radio course takes place over 10 hours of learning online. Learners will need to allow 10 hours as well as time to take the exam.

SRC exams consist of a written theory exam and assessment in the practical use of marine VHF radios. The exam fee is payable to the RYA.

Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place at the end of the course.


Course Topics

  • 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)


 The course costs £55.00. To book your place on an online course, contact the coastal centre via coastalcentre@releasingpotential.com.

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