This radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio, both with or without Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on board any British vessel that is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.

This qualification is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world. It is also useful to know what to do if you ever require assistance.

Please see the information below with regard to your VHF Exam;


Course dates:

2021 Dates:

  • 22th February
  • 29th March
  • 24th April
  • 10th May
  • 28th June
  • 26th July
  • 12th August
  • 20th September
  • 5th October
  • 22nd November

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1 day theory course, including 3 hours home study before the course, plus additional exam time (2 hours approx.)

Our Classroom - £100 per person
Off site Course - £300 (see notes below)
1:1 Private Course - £500 (see notes below)

What’s Included:

  • Use of our classroom
  • RYA SRC Course Book
  • Use of our Training VHF Radios
  • Refreshments throughout the course

What to bring:

  • Notepad and pen
  • Passport size photo

SRC Exam:

  • Please click here for details of the ‘pre payment’ for the VHF Exam which costs £60pp and isnt included in the course price.
  • The exam will take the following form:  30 minutes Written Exam, then 15 minutes familiarity of radios, followed by Practical Assessment – covering Routine, Mayday, Pan Pan, Security calls including using DSC Alerts.
  • Once you have completed the course, there are 2 exam options available;
    • Be examined on the same day, 1700 hrs. to approx. 1900 hrs. This will be in a group no greater than 4, by an examiner other than your instructor.
    • Arrange another day with us to be examined, by an examiner other than your instructor.

Offsite Course:

  • This course can be conducted on your own premises, providing it is suitable for training. The cost above is effectively a hire-an-instructor cost and the cost stays the same whether there are 1 of you or 9. The only additional costs from us would be travel costs to get to your location and the cost of certificates.
  • During the course, you are responsible for any additional costs such as venue hire and meals.

Private 1:1 Course:

  • We can organise a private course for all our shorebased courses in our classroom in Rhu. The price includes all associated costs.





Minimum age: 16.


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    — James – November 2018
  • As well as the VHF course itself, I much appreciated Euans anecdotal info...

    — Douglas, August 2017
  • Enjoyed the course, very interesting.

    — Robbie, November 2016
  • Very good course, enthusiastic and encouraging.

    — Frank, November 2016
  • Very Good course, plenty of information and good balance of theory and practical.

    — Graham, November 216