RYA/MCA VHF-GMDSS Short Range Marine Radio Course + Exam - Classroom

£185 GBP

Course Type:
STCW ➜ GMDSS - Restricted Operator's Course
Training School:
Falmouth School of Sailing
Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
1 day

It is a legal requirement and worthwhile to have a personal SRC licence if you are going out on the water and have a VHF (Very High Frequency) radio.

On this course you will be using, and talking about the latest in fixed and handheld VHF with DSC (Digital Selective Calling) radio units. You will learn about the correct channel usage, the correct safety, urgent and distress procedures to use, and what is meant by GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System) and how it can help you out on the water.

Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam also includes a short written test. On completion of this course, you will be awarded your licence.

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the operator’s licence required for all Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. The SRC is not suitable for those working on larger commercial crafts where a more advanced qualification is demanded. The SRC is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats. To operate radios on foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority.

Course content
The basics of radio operation;
The correct frequencies (channels) to be used;
Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures;
Making ship to shore telephone calls;
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators;
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS);
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB);
Search and Rescue (SART).

Marine Radio Assessment
For the last part of your classroom based training course you will take a 1 hour exam. This is split into a short written SRC/VHF exam and then a practical SRC/VHF exam.

Pre-Course Requirements:

Under 16s are encouraged to attend a course and may operate the radio under supervision. Once 16 years old they can take the exam to obtain the SRC Licence.

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This course is available on the following days:
(please check the availability with the training school)

  • 25 February 2024
  • 06 March 2024
  • 24 March 2024
  • 28 April 2024
  • 08 May 2024
  • 26 May 2024
  • 05 June 2024
  • 23 June 2024
  • 10 July 2024
  • 28 July 2024
  • 07 August 2024
  • 25 August 2024
  • 15 September 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 17 November 2024

Falmouth School of Sailing

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