RYA Radar course joining instructions

The fee includes: RYA RADAR Handbook, course pack and certificate

The venue: As advised

Start time: 0930hrs   Lunch: 1230hrs

Please bring the following with you;
1) Pen & paper.
2) Plotter (or parallel rulers) and a pencil.
3) Bring your own lunch.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

RYA First Aid course joining instructions

The fee includes: RYA First Aid Manual and certificate

The venue: Heysham High School – Important - see map & directions to reach the classroom

Start time: 0930hrs   Lunch: 1230hrs

Please bring the following with you;
1) Pen & paper.
2) Signed copy of the Medical Declaration.
3) Bring your own lunch.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

 

Part of this course is of a physical nature. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to complete the course without any adverse effects to your health.

Medical Declaration

Details of any medical treatment being received (if none, write “none”)

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I declare that to the best of my knowledge, I am not suffering from epilepsy, disability, giddy spells, asthma, diabetes, angina, or other heart condition and am fit to participate in the course.

Signature:.............................   Date:........................

Illness or medical conditions need not necessarily prevent you from taking a full part in this course, but the Instructor must be aware of any potential problem.

If you are in any doubt about your fitness to take part in this practical course, your GP should be able to advise you.

RYA Diesel Engine course joining instructions

The fee includes: RYA course pack and certificate

The venue: Heysham High School – Important - see map & directions to reach the classroom

Start time: 0930hrs   Lunch: 1230hrs

Please bring the following with you;
1) Pen & paper.
2) Bring warm old clothes & an overall to wear when working on the real engine, which will be outdoors when the engine is running.
3) Bring your own lunch.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

We will also provide gloves and hand cleaning materials.

 

VHF Marine Radio course joining instructions

The fee includes: The “RYA VHF Handbook”

The fee does not include: RYA Examination Fee and Short Range Certificate (£60)

The venue: Heysham High School – Important - see map & directions to reach the classroom

Arrival: 0930hrs   Lunch: 1230hrs   Finish: 1900hrs

Please bring the following with you;
1) Pen & paper.
2) Course book
3) Cheque or card for RYA exam fee. We’ll give you an application form on the day.
4) Recent passport photo (NOT POLAROID).
5) Bring your own lunch.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

PRE-COURSE STUDY
Listed below are some pre-course study tasks, an essential part of the course as you will be tested on these topics during the exam. This should take you about three hours to complete.

  • Read chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the RYA VHF Handbook - Answer the questions in Quiz 1
  • Read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 - Answer questions in Quiz 2
  • Read Chapters 9 and 10 - Answer questions in Quiz 3
  • Familiarise yourself with the phonetic alphabet, page 42
  • Read about the Distress Call and Message on pages 44 & 45

If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615

Jamie uses the VHF radio

RYA VHF Marine Radio

Short Range Certificate

1-day Classroom Course

To use a fixed or handheld VHF marine band radio it is a legal requirement to have completed the radio course and passed the short practical assessment.  Your operator's licence is then valid for life.

RYA VHF Handbook

 

Your course pack includes the RYA's "VHF Radio Handbook".  The final qualifying exam will be held on the same day.   Please note, there is a separate exam & certification fee of £60 payable to the RYA. 

If you hold a pre-1999 license you need to update to the new VHF Short Range Certificate.  There have been many significant changes since then.  Contact us if you have any questions.

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In a hurry?  You can do the radio course online  

There are two steps to gaining your VHF radio operator's licence.

Step 1. Study the course content:  either Online or on a 1-day classroom course

Step 2. Complete the practical assessment, in person, at a training centre.

Pre-course Study
The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) requires candidates to do 3 hours pre-course study before attending the classroom course.  You'll receive your course pack by post once payment is confirmed.  You'll also have access to our free quiz & top tips for the practical exam.

Final Exam
This takes place at the end of the day's tuition.  There's a multiple choice question paper and a short practical assessment, which involves making different kinds of DSC calls. 

Top tips

TOP TIP - Familiarise yourself with the menu structure of our ICOM Radio 
Like mobile phones, VHF radios differ from one another.  But they're not as intuitive to use as phones.  So it's worth a few minutes to memorise the steps through the Icom radio's menu to send the main types of DSC alerts before you arrive for your practical assessment!

 

Sending a Routine Alert by DSC

Manually enter another boat's MMSI number

Manually entering a position - (It's much easier to have your radio permanently connected to GPS!)

Sending a DSC Distress Alert

FAQs:

I need to get the licence soon.  What's the quickest way?
The online course is the quickest way to obtain the license.  Click here for more information.
 
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?
Yes, you can.  It does require a knowledge of the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System and be able to send and receive DSC calls.  If you need to refresh your VHF skills, many people find the best thing to do is take the course again.
 Date  Time  Places Left
Sunday 13th October 9.30 7

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