VHF Radio Course also known as the
SRC (Short Range Certificate) Radio Course
is essential training if you want to take a yacht
out to sea. Marine VHF Radio usage has changed with
the advent of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and
everyone who goes to sea should be fully capable of
operating a VHF radio.
Successful completion of
the course and assessment results in the issue of
your VHF Licence. It is a legal requirement that to
use a VHF set you must hold a VHF licence, or be under
the supervision of someone who does. These days practically
all charter companies require you to have a VHF license
before they let you charter one of their yachts.
VHF Radios enable yachts
and ships to communicate with each other and with
the people on shore like the coast guard, primarily
for the safety of human life and the protection of
vessels. But they are also useful when it comes to
calling up a marina to see if they have a berth for
If you dive then it is
also a useful course as it is very necessary for someone
on the surface to know how to use a VHF set correctly.
On successfully completing
the VHF Radio Course and Assessment; you will receive
the Short Range Certificate (SRC) or Short Range Radio
Licence from the RYA.
Take a look at this introductory
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. This includes both fixed and
hand held equipment using International channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment
on board and it is vital to understand the correct
procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block
out a Mayday distress call.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced,
with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you
hold the old VHF licence (pre-1999) you
need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase
new equipment. This can be done by attending this
one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you
can enter for direct examination.
Course topics include:
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 System (GMDSS)
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
Search and Rescue (SART)
The course will be taught and examined using radio
simulators. The exam will also include a short written
The SRC course can be taken online with Langkawi Sailing
School. The exam must be taken at the training centre.
Radio Short Range Certificate
For this course you will need:
Internet connection (broadband
or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
Microphone and speakers/headphones.
We strongly recommend trying the SRC Taster Course
before buying the full course to check that it will
work on your device.
The web-based training is designed to work across
the devices and operating systems shown below. It
is optimized for the latest technology, fully responsive,
suitable for high definition screens and provides
an improved user experience.
Minimum requirements for
the web-based training:
PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version
of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.
Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version
of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox
iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.
Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.
to enable the mic on your PC
Legacy app training modules
If you are unable to use the web-based modules you
may be able to use the legacy app instead, which you
can download from a link shown within the course.
While this is an older format, the content of the
training is the same but it requires installation
onto your PC, Mac or iPad (not available for Android
If you are able to use
both the web-based training modules and the legacy
app, please choose just one option and stick with
it throughout your course as your progress cannot
be recorded correctly if you swap between the two
Minimum requirements for
the legacy app:
1024 x 768 screen resolution - this must be the available
screen space (menu bars, docks or task bars may conceal
part of the course window on smaller screens).
For 4k screens the scaling
will need to be adjusted in order for the course to
be displayed at a usable size. In Windows 10 this
is done by going to Settings > System > Display
and moving the slider labelled 'Change the size of
text, apps and other items'. Once you have changed
the slider you may need to log out and log back in
to make the change take effect.
Platform specific minimum
Mac Intel processor OS
X 10.7 (Lion) or above.
PC Windows Vista Service
Pack 2 1 GHz (x86) processor 512 MB RAM Sound card.
Windows XP and earlier operating systems are not compatible
with this course.
Netbooks are not supported
due to the reduced screen resolution.
iPad/iPad Mini using iOS
6 or above.
Older generation iPads may have performance issues.