Marine Radio Theory Classroom Course

VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment

Many people find the use of a radio somewhat daunting, particularly once they realise everyone can “listen in”. This course is delivered by a relaxed and encouraging instructor who will put students at ease. Premier Sailing use real radios and have many real-life examples and scenarios to help you with safe and efficient operation of the equipment. We teach the language to use and procedural requirements, coupled with lots of practice.

A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures which will be covered in this course.

To get the GMDSS VHF Radio Licence, (Short Range Certificate (SRC) you must successfully complete the one-day classroom-based course AND then take a separate, classroom-based written and practical assessment (both usually done at the same venue on the same day).

As apart of our Covid-19 workplace preparedness plan the Marine radio classroom course has been adapted for socially distant purposes. By limiting the number of candidates, each can use a radio of their own.

  • You will be sent the VHF handbook in advance for some pre-reading.
  • An enthusiastic instructor who really wants to impart their knowledge to you.
  • A group of classmates who all want to learn.
  • An enjoyable day using real radios to learn all that's needed to qualify for the SRC/VHF Operators Certificate.

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand-held equipment using international channels.

You will need to bring a passport photograph and proof of pre-payment for the VHF assessment/licence application. This is done online direct with the RYA and details will be included in the joining instructions. The RYA fee is £70 and instructions for paying it direct to the RYA will be sent with the VHF Handbook which will be sent to you prior to the course.

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