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Online VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Course

Course Aims

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and DSC equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and handheld sets.

Find out more about the Marine Radio (SRC) course on the RYA website.



What's Involved

Online VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Course

This is an eLearning course, but one of our RYA instructor's is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but we can also offer Skype chats at pre-arranged times.

The course covers:

  • Basic radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Ship to shore calls
  • Digital Selective calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

Course duration: 4-8 hours


Fees and Booking

Course Fee: £95.00

Whats included:

  • The online course
  • Support from an RYA VHF Instructor
  • Course pack including RYA VHF handbook (G31)
  • Learning worksheets
  • Wallet size study aid

Whats not included:

  • SRC Exam fee (£60-00 payable to RYA directly)

Try before you buy

You are strongly advised to 'try the taster before you buy the course' to ensure that the device you intend to complete the course on is compatible. No refunds can be issued for incompatible devices.


How does it all work?

Online Marine Radio course

Once you've recieved your login information email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we send you.

Online Marine Radio course

We will mail your course pack, but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.

Online Marine Radio course

Carry out the online course at a pace to suit you.

Online Marine Radio course

If you have any questions at any stage about the course content, simply email your instructor

Online Marine Radio course

On successful completion of your course, we will send you a completed course certificate.


Whats involved in the exam?



Computer Requirements & Technical Support:

Check your computer meets the following requirements:

Minimum requirements:

  • Internet connection (WiFi or 3G)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Netbooks are NOT supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
  • iPads are now supported!
  • Android tablets are NOT currently supported, but the RYA are currently working on this!
  • Mac 2008 models or above with OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above.
  • PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) processor with 512 MB RAM sound card.

Technical support:

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive website.


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