Marine Radio VHF (SRC)

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. The qualification is essential if your vessel carries VHF radio and is increasingly a requirement if you are chartering in most areas of the world. The course includes both fixed and handheld equipment and at West Mersea the course is taught using modern DSC / VHF Training radios.

The course is one day with some prior study and concludes with a practical assessment and a short written test. Candidates must be 16 years of age or more on the date of the exam.

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 course fee is £150 and this includes the cost of the licence (which is for life ) and all course materials and books. Students are required to bring one passport size photo.


After a busy winter of radio courses there are none currently planned, but if you need a VHF Radio Licence contact the office and we will endeavour to help.


Please book through the office by telephoning 01206 382 947 or by email to