RYA SRC VHF Online Course

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld sets. It is an essential course for any skipper, not only to know how to get the best out of your radio set but also how to correctly make distress and urgency calls as unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday call.



Sail Ionian now offer this modular course online with the opportunity to do the assessment in Greece at our RYA training centre. The online course is anticipated to take around 6 – 8 hours to complete and once complete, you can have time to practice yourself before coming to Greece to take the 1 hr practical assessment with our SRC VHF Examiner.

The course covers:

  • 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).

The practical assessment:

Following the course you need to complete a practical assessment at your training centre before you can be issued with a radio licence. This cannot be completed online.  The cost of the assessment is £60 which is paid direct to the RYA. You will need to bring a passport size photo with you.

The online course :

Contact us in the first instance if you would like to book the course.

Sail Ionian will then log you onto the RYA interactive website and email you with your log-in details in order to start the modules.


£95 including:

  • RYA VHF Handbook (G31)
  • Email and phone support from our instructors

The course can be completed on a PC, Mac or iPad and is modular.

An instructor will be available at all times to help answer your questions about the course.

Please contact us for more information.

Watch the RYA SRC VHF Video Link