RYA VHF Marine Radio
Online Course

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Course pack

Many flotilla and charter companies are now asking for this radio qualification.

The VHF online course is the quickest way to get your VHF Radio Operator Certificate of Competence. All you have to do is complete the online course, then book a convenient time to do the short practical assessment in person with us or at another training centre.

As well as the course fee, you need to pay the RYA an additional certification fee of £60 on the day.

The Course
When you've booked with us, you'll receive a link from us to obtain the RYA VHF handbook or eBook. You can then refer to this throughout your online course.

The online radio course itself runs on iPads, PCs and Macs. You simply download it onto your device and then work through the various modules offline. You can also repeat any module as many times as you like, studying all the topics at your own pace. Part of the course includes a realistic VHF Radio simulator which lets you record and playback conversations.

Should you need any help during the course, our award-winning RYA Yachtmaster Instructor is available by email or phone to guide you.

The Assessment
When you come for the short practical assessment, you'll have time to familiarise yourself with our real VHF radio first.

Extra Benefit
You can even re-visit your online course after you've completed it all to refresh your memory.


Can I do a traditional classroom VHF Radio course at Bay Sea School?

Yes, click here for more information.

Is my device compatible with the online course?

There's an "Taster" course here that you can download free of charge. If this works on your device, the full course will too.

Download for Windows - Open the Zip file and run the exe program

Download for Mac 10.7 or later - From the App Store

Download for iPad - From the App Store

What if my internet connection goes down?

No problem, once you've installed the course on your device, you will study the course offline.

Is there an age limit?

Although there is no age limit to do the course, the minimum age for the assessment is 16.

I have an RYA/MCA 'VHF Restricted Operator's Certificate'. Can I update it to the GMDSS Short Range Certificate?

You can buy a student course pack from us. Refresh your knowledge and learn about the new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. When you feel ready, contact us to arrange for a direct assessment.

However, we would strongly recommend you to take the online course. Especially if it's been a few years since you last used a VHF radio.