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.
Please do this before you come for the course. The receipt is also your exam & certificate application form. You will need to print it & bring a copy with you.
Please bring the following with you; 1) Pen & paper. 2) Course book. 3) RYA SRC exam application form (see above). 4) Recent colour 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
This acronym helps me remember the Distress Call and Message: MI MIPDANIO
If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615
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.
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 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!
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.
Saturday 14th March In the Whitehaven / Maryport area Venue to be advised