RYA VHF Short Range Certificate

RYA VHF Short Range Certificate

The marine VHF radio remains one of the most effective methods that the small craft skipper has to call for assistance. This course provides all the theoretical knowledge and procedures to operate a VHF radio. We use live VHF radios rather than simulators to make the experience as real as it possibly can be.

You need a Short Range Certificate to operate a VHF radio. This includes inland sailing clubs where VHF marine band radios are typically used for safety boats and race control.

Course type

We teach this course on two part-days over one weekend, typically typically 10am to 4pm on the Saturday and 10am to 1pm on the Sunday, which will be immediately followed by an official RYA assessment, should you choose.

Some sea-going experience is desirable but no pre-course knowledge is required.

Course outcome – proficiency with the VHF Radio and its protocols.

Following the separate assessment* successful students will be sent the Short Range Certificate by the RYA, the issuing body, on behalf of the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

*Please note:If you wish to be assessed for the Certificate following the course you are now required to register your details with the RYA and make payment (currently £60) prior to taking the assessment. The RYA will provide you with a uniquely numbered application form which will show proof of payment to bring to the assessment.

Equipment needed

Following your enrolment on the course we will send you an advance study pack with a guidance note from the instructor (2 hours pre-reading is normally required).

Some syllabus headings

Types of VHF communication, VHF radios, using digital selective calling, phonetic alphabet, procedures, using the controls, other radio safety aids, global distress and safety system.

What do students say about this course?

“Got more than just the handbook, advice on real application very useful. Really enjoyed the course” – Vicky

“Great course, excellent instructor” – Ross

“Our tutor had an excellent teaching manner and came across as extremely competent and knowledgeable, imparting this knowledge well” – David

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