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Approved RYA Training Centre in the Algarve Portugal

VHF / SRC Exams

Pre-exam requisites

Minimum age: 16

Pre-exam experience: Completed Online SRC course OR Classroom SRC course.

What to bring:

  • A completed Exam application form
  • Passport photograph with your name printed on the reverse
  • Evidence of SRC course completion (Online - completion certificate OR an exam application signed by your classroom course instructor)
  • Cheque or card payment method for the assessment & certificate fee (£60-00 - payable to RYA)
  • Pen & paper
  • Drinks & snacks

Whats involved in the SRC exam?

Practical Exam

Duration: Approx 30 minutes (Max 4 students)

Utilising 'real' training radios. You will be given an opportunity (minimum 15mins) to familiarise yourself with the sets prior to your exam commencing and your assessor will be on-hand to guide you through 'knobology', but will be unable to guide you on any other aspects.

The items you will want to familiarise yourself with are:

  • Power switch
  • Volume / Squelch
  • High/Low Power
  • Channel control
  • Distress button and menus
  • DSC call menus and buttons

The practical exam will include all or a selection of the following (see Practical exam details in RYA Book G26 for further details):

  • Distress situations
  • Urgency situations
  • Safety situations
  • Routine Communications

Theory Exam

Duration: Approx 30 mins

Question paper: approximately 50% of the questions are multiple choice.

Re-taking the theory exam: It is possible to re-take the theory exam on the same day should you not reach the required grade. Please be aware that you will not sit the same exam paper twice.

However if you do not pass within these 2 papers, you will need to re-attend on a seperate day and an additional charge will apply.

Booking the Exam.

Please contact us for available exam dates and booking details.


On successful completion of the assessment (practical & written paper) the VHF application form will be sent to the RYA along with your passport photo and certificate fee. The RYA certification department will then post your RYA VHF certificate directly to you.

The operators licence (Short Range Certificate) you will receive is for Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. It is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats, but to operate a radio on a foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority.

What happens if I don't pass?

Firstly, this is unlikely unless you have done no prior revision. There are no 'trick' questions within the exam and the second part of the theory paper is multiple choice.

If you do happen to have a 'bad day' then you can of course re-sit your exam, this has to be done on a seperate day and a charge will apply.

Reviews for RYA sailing companies and courses

Learn2Sail Ibéria Lda
Registered number 517569027 – Lagoa Portugal.
Parque Empresarial do Algarve Lote 8 Porta 21, 8400-431 Lagoa.
Contact details +351 917 336 202,
Learn2Sail Iberia Lda is a subsidiary company to
Learn2Sail Ltd
Company number 06581011
Orchard House 118 Sweechgate, Broad Oak, Canterbury, England, CT2 0QP
Contact details +44 1227 280082,

Learn2Sail Iberia is a recognised training centre by the R.Y.A. (Royal Yachting Association).

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