RYA DSC (VHF) Radio Course 27th April 2024

£140.00 + £70.00 exam fee.

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) organises an RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate  (VHF) course each year subject to demand .

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


Tuition and materials £140.00 (Payable to Stafford Coastal Cruising Club)   

Exam fee £70.00 (Must be Paid on-line direct to the RYA)

Successful candidates are required to provide one passport photograph.



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