RYA/MCA VHF-GMDSS Short Range Radio Course - Classroom

£100 GBP

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Additional STCW courses
Training School:
Falmouth Training Solutions Ltd
Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
1 day


It is a legal requirement and worthwhile to have a personal 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 and 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 Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. The SRC is not suitable for those working on larger commercial craft, when 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).

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)

  • 04 October 2023
  • 29 October 2023
  • 08 November 2023
  • 26 November 2023
  • 09 December 2023
  • 10 January 2024
  • 28 January 2024
  • 07 February 2024
  • 25 February 2024
  • 06 March 2024
  • 24 March 2024
  • 28 April 2024
  • 08 May 2024
  • 26 May 2024
  • 05 June 2024

Falmouth Training Solutions Ltd

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Bridge House
TR11 4SN
United Kingdom

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