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RYA SRC Short Range Certificate

A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. 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 either fixed or hand held.

Course Information:


  • Salty HQ, Cowes, PO31 7HT

  • Online options available on request


  • 1 Day Course (Usually 9am - 5pm)

  • Exam at the end of the day

Pre Requisits:

  • Minimum age 16 (under 16s can attend the course but are not eligible for the exam)

  • Read the RYA SRC handbook before the course, (included in your course fee)

  • Learn the phonetic alphabet

  • Bring a passport photo

What is Covered:

  • VHF Voice Procedures

  • VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

  • Distress, Urgency, Safety and Routine Calling

  • Ship to ship, ship to shore and group calling

  • Sea Area A1

  • Navtex

  • EPIRBs

  • SARTs

What's Included:

  • A full day of training

  • RYA VHF Handbook (see below)

  • Tea & Coffee

Not Included:

  • RYA SRC Exam Fee (payable to the RYA)

  • Lunch

  • Accommodation (Contact us for suggestions)

Certificate valid for: 

  • The RYA Short Range Certificate is valid for life and covers marine VHF and DSC for Class D (leisure) equipment.

  • To refresh simply complete the one-day course again 

Booking the course:

  • We regularly run SRC courses, please contact us to explore dates to suit you

VHF/DSC Marine Radio


Salty HQ, Cowes, Medina Road, PO31 7HT

+44 (0) 1983 282867

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