RYA DSC (VHF) Radio Course –
22nd June 2021

£120.00 + £60.00 exam fee.

‘The Government have announced the phased ending of lockdown, based on this we are delighted to schedule the first of our post lockdown courses on 22nd June 2021. Bookings are now being accepted subject to Covid 19 restrictions being removed in line with the Government programme’

If you have a VHF radio on board there must be at least one qualified operator.
If you need to obtain your qualification, refresh your skills or upgrade from the ‘old’ VHF to the new DSC certification this course is for you.


RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (VHF) course

Stafford Coastal Cruising Club (an RYA Accredited Training Centre) has organised an RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate  (VHF) course to run on 22nd June 2021.

The one day course will be held at Stafford Boat Clubhouse, Maplewood, Wildwood, Stafford , ST17 4SG.

The course will run from 08.30 for a 09.00 start to 18.00 with tuition from  09.00 – 16.00 and the examination will take place in groups of 2 between 16.00 – 18.00

In addition to the taught part of the course, material will also be supplied for 3 hours home study which should be completer prior to the start of the course.

Places on the course are limited so please confirm your interest as soon as possible.

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing an SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre by an independent examiner

Course subjects include:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • ship to shore communication
  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)

The exam

The exam is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of the exam. The exam will be arranged to take place after the tuition on 14th November.


Tuition and materials £120.00 (Payable to Stafford Coastal Cruising Club)

Exam fee £60.00 (Paid on-line to the RYA)

Successful candidates are required to provide one passport photograph.

Please note that while tea & coffee are available during the training candidates should bring a packed lunch.


If you wish to book a place on course please advise Mike Goodwin our Training Centre Principal (training@staffordcoastalcruising.org)

We will then provide bank details for payment of course fee and exam fee. Please note places will not be confirmed on the course until payment has been received by the Club.

If you have any queries please email training@staffordcoastalcruising.org