Course description

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on the UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

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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.

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