If you use a  Marine VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) including VHF Hand held radios on any vessel voluntarily fitted with a DSC VHF Radio it is required by law  that you gain the RYA VHF RADIO Short Range Certificate (SRC).  All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to other vessels or shore station, if you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (Restricted) (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification to the RYA VHF RADIO (SRC) if you purchase new equipment fitted with DSC including VHF Handheld radios. You can achieve this by attending this one-day course at a reduced rate, please contact us for further information.

The RYA VHF Radio course is part of the global Maritime Distress and Safety System known as (GMDSS)

Course Syllabus:

  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using ICOM, Standard Horizon and Silva radio simulators.
  • Distress, Urgency and Routine RT Procedures (DUS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Making ship to shore and ship to ship calls.
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
  • The basics of radio operation.
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used.

You will be taught using real VHF radio simulators, and will be examined by a 30 minute RYA written test, it is advisable that you learn the phonetic alphabet before commencing this course. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day.

You must bring a passort photograth (Not a Polaroid), with your name printed on the back, to the course or examination.

Start time 09:15  Finish time 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch.

 Course fees per person £75 tuition plus £30 RYA Certification

Coversion or update to DSC from Ristricted VHF Certificate £50 tuition plus £45 RYA Conversion fee

For Venues and directions go to   http://www.seavoice-training.co.uk/page/90/Venues-and-Directions.htm

Pre VHF Radio course Knowlege  http://www.seavoice-training.co.uk/page/97/Pre-RYA-VHF-Radio-Course-Knowledge.htm

RYA Pre-course online VHF Radio knowledge check   http://www.ryainteractive.org/course/view.php?id=22

On your successful completion of the VHF Radio course and assessment, we will forward your application form for a VHF Marine Radio Certificate to the RYA certification department, It can take up to 14 working days for the RYA to administer and to post out your license but if you require your licence sooner the RYA have a  FAST TRACK service that guarantees a two day turnaround at a extra fee of £15

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