Marine Radio Short Range Certificate


The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DCS) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted wit a radio.


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.


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 Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)

This course consists of two parts, an online component and a practical and written examonation carried out at a recognised RYA Centre.  We can provide bouth components, the online course costs £70.00 and includes a course pack comprising of the RYA VHF Handbook and an examination application form.  The examination costs £60.00 and is payable at the time of examination directly to the RYA.


If you would like to see a short video about the online course please click here.


If you would like more information please use the contact page and we can discuss individual needs.  The link below is for online payment for the 'online course' which is a pre requirement for the examination.  We can also issue an invoice if required.


Please read the text below carefully before buying this course, if you have any questions regarding this please use the Contact page to get in touch


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Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of one year from the date of your course booking.

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