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RYA VHF Radio Classroom Course and Exam

The RYA VHF Radio Classroom Course is for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required, by law, if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

We offer regular 1-day classroom courses, which includes the exam at the end of the teaching session.  The classroom sessions are fun and interactive with an opportunity to practice using a variety of training radios which will help give you the confidence to use the radio when onboard. You will also learn about other safety equipment and its use i.e. EPIRB.  Training in the classroom gives you the opportunity to learn about real life scenarios and ask questions on any areas of how radio’s work that you are not clear about.  We keep our classroom numbers small, 8:1 maximum, so that students get plenty of opportunity to ask questions and take part in the sessions.

The exam takes the form of a multiple-choice paper and practical radio scenarios and generally starts about 17:00.


Pre-course experience: None

Minimum duration: 8 hours

Course Timing: 0900-1800

Minimum age: 16

Instructor Ratio: 8-1

Resources Supplied: RYA G31 VHF Handbook