Course content

This one day course provides an awareness of:
– The basics of radio operation
– The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
– Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
– Making ship to shore telephone calls
– Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
– Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
– Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
– Automatic Identification System (AIS)
– Search and Rescue (SART)

Notes: If you own or wish to operate a marine radio you are required by law to hold an operators licence.

Pre-course experience


Assumed knowledge


About the course

This one day course takes place on our SIMRAD and STANDARD HORIZON simulators in our purpose built air conditioned classroom. The simulators are the same as we use on most of our yachts, the only difference being is that they do not transmit on the airwaves.

Great books to support the course:

RYA VHF Radio SRC Syllabus and Sample Questions (eBook)

RYA VHF Radio SRC Syllabus and Sample Questions (eBook) This ebook is ideal for anyone preparing for their VHF Operator’s Short Range Certificate (SRC) examination as it lists the syllabus and includes practice questions to help you prepare for the SRC written test.

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the radio operator qualification which authorises the holder to operate a VHF radiotelephone, fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC), on board any British vessel which is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.

The syllabus for the SRC was designed by the Conference of European Posts and Telecommunications (CEPT) as a standard qualification for the operation of equipment using procedures and techniques of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

This book helps you prepare for the SRC examination by taking you through:

The examination syllabus
The content of assessment
Sample exam questions
It also includes extracts from the Marine Guidance Notes on the use of VHF Radio and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) at sea as well as interactive links to the VHF Handbook ebook where the answers to the sample questions can be found.

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VHF Handbook G31

VHF Handbook G31 Designed to support the RYA VHF Operator's Short Range Certificate (SRC) course it gives a more in depth understanding to help you pass the VHF exam.

Included is information on: how radios work, rules and regulations and procedures to be followed.

The clear instruction and colourful illustrations make this complicated yet highly important subject much clearer and will help you learn the call procedures.

This is an essential learning tool and ideal background reading for anyone taking a VHF course.

Note this is also available as an e-book

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VHF Short Range Certificate Flip Cards

VHF Short Range Certificate Flip Cards Cards showing equipment and procedures for HF, VHF and MF, including Digital Selective Calling and the recent (and developing) GMDSS systems.

Great when preparing for the VHF (SRC) course as well as the General Operators Certificate (GOC).

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Ability after course

A licence and the ability to use a marine radio.


All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Club Yachting’s VHF sheet, paper and pens;
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits.

Must bring your own

  • Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Course prices